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Kate Winslet has taken a stand against unrealistic beauty recently signing a contract with L’Oreal which included a “no photoshopping clause.” When I first read about this, I thought, “Finally. Thank you Kate!”

I am a big advocate when it comes to natural beauty. Personally, I don’t believe in botox or re-creating my face because of a line or two. I believe in the natural; meditation, juicing, facials, exercising, a good glass of wine, hanging around like-minds, and speaking positive things to my cells! Yes, strange as this may sound, our cells LISTEN and do what we ask them to do, so I thank them everyday for making me wiser and keeping me youthful, happy, and healthy. I don’t believe people are even aware of what they are speaking out loud into existence. Which confirms where we are heading as a society, now that we can slim down, tan and make our teeth whiter with just an app.

Why are we not happy with who we are? Who has convinced us that we need to spend hours upon hours taking selfies only to take the true self out of them? Believe me, I have fallen into this trap, but when push comes to shove, I’ve always posted the real version of me, not the app me!

This has always been me and now, thank God, there’s Kate Winslet!

The actress, who has three children, feels a responsibility to the younger generation of women, saying, “I think they do look to magazines, I think they do look to women who have been successful in their chosen careers and they want people to look up to, and I would always want to be telling the truth about who I am to that generation because they’ve got to have strong leaders.”

In 2003, Kate complained that GQ reduced the width of her legs “by about a third.” In 2013, Vogue airbrushed her face so much she didn’t look recognizable.


Somewhere, somehow, we lost the responsibility of being truthful to ourselves and to others and women of all ages are suffering because we, as a society, have been lying to them. Age is no longer a number, but a birthday botex shot, facelift, boob job at sixteen, or some reconstruction of false beauty. I have said this before and will say it again, if we are God’s masterpieces, why are we putting a knife in someone else’s hands or now an app? Yes, we have free will, I get that, but I have yet to see exterior beauty last on its own will.

The only thing we lack is awareness.

I’ve had this conversation so many times and only wish I was preaching to the choir instead to those sleeping in the pews! If we as a society continue to buy tabloid magazines that portray false beauty and watch bad reality TV shows because it makes our lives seem better, then the only people that are laughing to the bank . . . well . . . are not us . . . and then we wonder why so many children when asked what they want to be when they grow up say “famous.” That’s not even an occupation . . . or has it become one? It’s a slippery slope and before long we will all have forgotten the truth of who we are and why we are really here.

My prayer is that Kate’s stand will influence other successful women to follow suit, so women will start believing in their beautiful selves, rather than believing they are more beautiful in a photoshopped selfie.  Ms. Winslet adds, “We’re all responsible for raising strong young women, so these are the things that are important to me.”

When I posted this “no app selfie” picture of my sister and I last year, a dear friend commented, “Great picture! Looks like a GAP ad!” which made me think . . . what if GAP took real selfies and turned them into realistic ads? They can call it “The No App GAP ad!” How cool would that be!? Just a thought, GAP!


I will never give up hope that we can change society’s way of embracing real authentic beauty one person at a time.

Women of all ages who are reading this, you are so beautiful. Not because you have an “app” body or no wrinkles to show, but because you have a body that’s uniquely yours and a soul that never wrinkles.

Bravo Ms. Winslet and L’Oreal!



Karen Ann Pavlick started her career as an NFL CHEERLEADER for the Raiders. This led to an acting career and first film, Patch Adams with the beloved Robin Williams and directed by her favorite, Tom Shadyac. With over 75 national TV Commercials, appearances on The Bold & The Beautiful, General Hospital, reality shows, Show Host for HSN (Home Shopping Network.) to being honored  with “Distinguished Filmmaker,” after both her short films, under her production company, Hollywood Ending Films, won BEST FILM, Karen feels blessed for the opportunities that continue to come her way and grow her.

Karen has just finished writing a self-help book for women of all ages to aid in healing their childhood hearts. She looks forward to being published and to speaking engagements.