10 Ridiculously Clichéd Stock Photos of Women vs. Lean In’s Alternatives

10 Ridiculously Clichéd Stock Photos of Women vs. Lean In’s Alternatives

Real women doing real life stuff looking real. Love it!
This is the very first time I have reblogged something. This grabbed me, I got sucked in, I loved every one of the photos, and I just had to share it.
I have mentioned before about using only material in a blog that you own, have purchased a license to use or have permission from the owner. This article introduces you to the wonderful world of stock photos. I make a few dollars a month (and I mean very few) selling my own photos on a stock photo site, and have purchased subscriptions (the most cost-effective way to benefit from a site such as Getty) when designing websites for clients (in my former life when I could do such work).
So, on to the real content of this blog post, representing real women in real life in advertising, websites, and magazines — any media, really. Enjoy.


Don’t worry, you’ll never have to laugh alone with salad again.

That’s because Sheryl Sandberg’s LeanIn.org decided to tackle the important issues by debuting a whole new line of stock photos through Getty Images that shows real women doing real things, instead of multi-armed, multitasking octopus women eating yogurt or smiling at scales.

Here is a chronology of your perfect life through the Lean In photos, compared to the yoga-doing, salad-laughing nightmare that would be a life in stock photos. Choose your own adventure.

1) Eating Salad

Woman eating a salad

Lean In Collection / Getty Images (2)

You eat real food with your friends, like cheese and wine, and you can stop trying to force that single cherry tomato into your frozen smile.

2) Multitasking:

Woman multitasking

Lean In Collection / Getty Images (2)

You’re great at multitasking, but you do it at your normal-looking desk and you don’t type anything with your toes.


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