Vanessa Raphaelly is a publishing guru in South Africa. We first met when we were editing our respective editions of Cosmopolitan at one of the mag’s international conference back in the nineties and a lifelong friendship sparked immediately. Even if we live in different countries and never see each other in person. Vanessa now is the editorial director of South Africa’s leading women’s magazines including Oprah, Cosmo and Marie Claire. So there’s some context for this post which originally appeared on her brilliant blog, Hurricane Vanessa .
-Mia Freedman, MM editor/publisher
Maybe you guys can help me out here. My friend Mia emailed me a while ago and, in the midst of a general vent about how unrealistic she finds the images of women’s bodies, in women’s magazines, she mentioned that she believed that photographers are actually stretching the (already insanely) long and thin models, to make them appear even more long and thin.