Pamela Anderson caused a mini-media stir this week with her decision to pose nude for Paper Magazine and to be the last nude centrefold for Playboy magazine. Pamela has done her share of nude photoshoots over the years but this one, at age 48, is getting extra attention.
How do we feel about 48 year olds posing nude for ‘girlie’ mags? After a certain age should women (and men) keep their boudoir shots to themselves? Or, should they be 48, proud and nude?
Personally I love it. Pamela Anderson is an absolutely stunning lady. And even if she weren’t, it is admirable that she has the confidence and sexiness to show off her body at his age. But, looking at the Paper Magazine photo’s I did have a few further thoughts:
- Just how much photoshopping is going on? Pamela is gorgeous, but does any 48 year old have the flawless skin and perfect curves that we are seeing in that shoot. I wonder a bit what that does to the expectations of other 48 (or approaching 48) women. My wife is a beautiful woman who keeps herself in fantastic shape. But she doesn’t look like that. We often think of the body image affects models have on teen, but it doesn’t stop at 18. Women (and men) of all ages feel insecurities about their bodies and compare themselves to impossible ideal. I would hate for my wife (or my friends) to feel that this is the standard of beauty.
- On a more positive note, isn’t it amazing that, as a society, we can still see the sexiness in a 48 year old woman? While our standards of beauty could still be rightly criticized as too narrow, it is nice to see that a select group of women are pushing the age boundaries.
As I reflect on this, it makes me want to encourage all of us – men and women – to get more comfortable with our nudity. So, right now! Get our your camera and get some sexy shots of yourself!