One of the things about the women's magazine industry that riles us up the most is that the images they feature bear little semblance to reality. This is especially true with regards to the covers, which, as we point out in our manifesto, are essentially female forgeries, what with all the computer-artistry involving airbrushing, contouring, and, sometimes, outright body-part swapping. But calling out magazine editors for their deception is one thing; showing it is another. That's why, as part of our effort to illustrate the magic (and magical thinking!) that goes into the production of the magazines we all love to hate, we're offering $10K to whomever wins our contest for the best un-retouched (that means unaltered in any way!) image to appear on a women's magazine cover in the past two years. As always, we promise your identity will remain anonymous... whether you win or lose. Send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org (standard Gawker Media contest rules apply). And may the best (er, most natural-looking) woman win!
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