CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health, has announced changes in its standards for beauty photos. The company is requiring transparency in all beauty photos created for stores, online promotion and all types of marketing material. By 2020, the company will implement its new standards and clearly mark all photos that haven’t been digitally altered.
By 2020, all photos that haven’t been “materially altered” will be marked by the “CVS Beauty Mark.” The company explains what it means by “materially altered” as “changing or enhancing a person’s shape, size, proportion, skin or eye color, wrinkles or any other individual characteristics.”
Helena Foulkes, President of CVS Pharmacy and Executive Vice President of CVS Health, says:
The connection between the propagation of unrealistic body images and negative health effects, especially in girls and young women, has been established. As a purpose-led company, we strive to do our best to assure all of the messages we are sending to our customers reflect our purpose of helping people on their path to better health.
CVS’ initiative has two main goals. One is to create a positive change when it comes to transparency in beauty images. The other goal is to “allow customers to differentiate between authentic and materially altered imagery.” The CVS Beauty Mark will start to appear on CVS Pharmacy’s products as early as in 2018. Additionally, its goal is that all images in the beauty sections of its stores reflect transparency by 2020. This means many other beauty products will need to use photos that follow CVS’ guidelines. As DPReview writes and I agree, it’s good to keep these standards in mind if you’re shooting campaigns for beauty brands.
As Foulkes has explained in her statement, unrealistic body imagery has a negative impact on girls and young women. As a woman who used to be an insecure teenager, I can strongly relate to this. I never thought I’d see a change in this direction and transparency in beauty and fashion photos. But boy, am I glad to see that this change is happening! After Getty’s new guidelines on photoshopping female bodies, CVS’ decision is another step towards positive change.