See Ellen Barkin's Unretouched, Raw and Honest Photoshoot (Right Down to the New Pixie and #YouDidEatThat Burger)

08/27/2014 at 07:31 PM ET

Ellen Barkin is embracing her age, and to prove it, the 60-year-old (you read that right) actress forgoes all airbrushing for Violet Grey‘s online magazine, The Violet Files. And no tricks of the lighting here either: the star gets up close and personal with the camera.

Ellen Barkin Violet Grey magazineCedric Buchet

Even more impressive? Barkin sat for a super-short pixie cut on set with celeb-loved Hollywood stylist Serge Normant. She’s had a short coif for aw while, but she went for a true pixie to send a message: “As women age, they start hiding their faces more with their hair. So the bangs get longer and you see like this much of their face. I am taking everything off of my face, and I am going to say: This is what it looks like, nothing is hidden, you can see my forehead, my jawline, my neck, this is it. And ladies, it’s not so bad.”

Ellen Barkin Violet Grey magazineCedric Buchet

In the black-and-white photos, the star chomps down on a burger, poses with young male models and dons a robe and towel for a series of very intimate shots, all of which are completely true to life.

“I feel strongly about retouching,” she says in her interview. “I looked at those pictures, and I knew they expected, like, seven ‘Xes’ to come back on the bags under my eyes or the lines around my mouth or my neck but I thought we could do something special here. Those pictures with the dark circles under my eyes are exactly what I look like.”

What do you think of the shoot? Do you agree with Barkin’s photoshop philosophy? Share your thoughts below.

–Brittany Talarico

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Shannon on

Well she may not have been airbrushed but she has had some work done… not that there is anything wrong with that. She is absolutely gorgeous at 60! I only hope to look this great at her age!

peoplefan on

Everyone photographs better in black and white…just sayin’

Cindy on

She looks great but it seems rather disingenuous to say I don’t want to be photoshopped to look good but I will have lots of plastic surgery done. I personally don’t care, I think it’s fine to have plastic surgery, but it seems contradictory what she is saying.

Lila on

Love her authenticity!

vtmom on

I met her about 5 years ago when she spoke at a college graduation in NYC. She is really beautiful up close.

charlotte on


seabot on

I hate to break this to you, but there are “tricks of light.” I’m not bashing that, but to say a photographer isn’t using any tricks of light is an insult to the photographer. He/she will always photograph the subject in the most flattering light possible, or he/she isn’t a good photographer.

Heidi on

Nice in theory, but show it without the Botox, fillers and in color.

Snow on

Most regular people don’t have the unflattering effect of the professional lighting showing every line either. So I’d call her pretty darn brave. I’m sure she looks better than the top picture in natural light.

Snow on

@Shannon & Heidi: Do you really think she had work done or botox & fillers when she doesn’t want to be retouched? There’s a theme going on, and it’s that she wants to be authentic.

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