Magazines often get the blame for making women feel insecure, promoting unrealistic body types and narrow beauty ideals, and not being inclusive in the bodies they present in their pages. But what’s it really like in 2019? And what’s it like to actually work on a high end fashion magazine?
Terri Waters is a fashion journalist who worked at multiple glossy magazines, before leaving the industry to set up independent body-positive publication The Unedit.
In this interview Terri talks candidly about what it’s like to work on these magazines behind-the-scenes, how it made her feel about her own body, some of the examples of airbrushing she personally witnessed, and what inspired The Unedit in the first place.
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