I'm not even going to post the naked pictures in question. We've all seen them by now.
Some people say 'what flaws?' others say 'she is naturally blessed and it's not helping anyone's self esteem'.
Well. What I think is that the whole point of this was to raise awareness and hopefully funding for the Butterfly foundation. Something that has been forgotten in amongst the mess of opinions and outrage.
The butterfly foundation looks to support the sufferers of eating disorders in Australia. This is done through education, actual financial support for treatment and relief for sufferers and their carers and support for research programs relating to positive body image.
Jennifer Hawkins was seen as a positive role model for this cause because she epitomises health.
I don't really care if you think she is underweight (she isn't) or doesn't have cellulite- the whole thing with Jen is that she has a healthy attitude to life, which hopefully through this campaign can be adopted by a few other Aussies.
People are worried that Jen doesn't depict a 'real woman'. And from how people are going on, it seems to me that to classify as a 'real woman' you need to be a bit fat, a bit ugly, have a boring job and low self esteem.
The problem with this, however, is that Jennifer is raising awareness for a mental illness affecting the way people see their own bodies.
How is it that putting someone who is erring on the side of obese* going to help someone who is suffering from an illness that puts them on the other side of unhealthy?
For example- Beth Ditto, who I hate anyway (it's her screechy voice and inability to produce a song which doesn't include the 'lyrics' "wooaah") but that's beside the point- is NOT a healthy role model.
She is morbidly obese, has sickness oozing out her pores and does not project a HEALTHY image at all. Especially not one that would relate to someone who had been diagnosed as Anorexic. (ps- that photo above is photoshopped...)
The ability to lose inhibitions and take your clothes off in front of a crowd does not a positive role model make. It's the lifestyle you lead in getting to this point which makes the difference.
Jen is obviously blessed with good genes. But this does not mean she takes this for granted. Constant paparazzi shots show her exercising around Sydney but these are not to be outdone by pics of her at social events as well as socialising with friends and her boyfriend, Jake Wall.
This tells me, and hopefully others of you, that she has a well rounded lifestyle.
Enough with the Jen bashing. Enough with saying she isn't brave taking her clothes off when she looks that good. Let's look at the positive and most importantly let's not forget that Jen is doing this for a cause- to help those suffering from Anorexia.
Read more about the Butterfly foundation and eating disorders in Australia and DONATE here
*(I'm not implying anyone who is "a bit fat" is obese, just commenting on what I've seen on twitter/blogs/etc as people's view of 'real')