So it isn’t just girls who can suffer at the hand of the avid retoucher. Here’s a few examples below of how men have been altered beyond recognition using Photoshop.
1. Jonathan Rhys Meyers – Not many fans would kick him out of bed with or without retouching, but the subtle differences in improved skintone are remarkable.
2. Matthew MacFadden – Famous for many a drool-worthy role in TV and film, this comparison yet again shows crucial differences in skintone and the eradication of imperfections without making him look alien.
3. Sven Barucha. Prime example – not too much, but just enough.
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I love Demi Moore. She really is beautiful – those big green eyes, long, dark, shiny hair and killer cheekbones are to die for – not to mention that body!
That’s why it’s especially sad that somebody felt the need to wipe all the emotion out of her face and Photoshop her to look like some sort of living doll in this advert for Helena Rubenstein.
Her skin has been smoothed and blurred to the point of looking like plastic, whilst her eyes are glistening and bright like glass. Spooky isn’t it?
More to come on Photoshop…watch this space.
Photoshop Name and Shame – Demi Moore
This is a huge step in the right direction – and proof that it CAN be done! Tying into my campaign for transparency in Photoshop, I wanted to highlight the fact that Israel has been inspirational in leading the fight against unrealistic role models. In March last year, Israel passed a law which banned the use of underweight models in advertising, and also stipulating that publications state when images have been photo-shopped to make the girls in them look thinner.
In addition to this, models need to prove that their BMI is healthy before they are legally allowed to work. This has to be signed off by a doctor.
Isn’t it strange that in the UK, where everybody appears to be so concerned about the increase in Eating Disorders and Body Dysmorphia, that we adopt a policy that is an exact opposite? Models are frequently told they are ‘too big’ and ‘need to lose weight’ – a message which permeates through society and ultimately translates into a feeling of inadequacy amongst women.
Vogue Worldwide have had their ‘Health Initiative’ in place for a couple of years now, which promotes the use of healthy models in their publications. Below is a cover from Laisha, one of Israel’s leading women’s magazines.
What do you think? Should we start a petition for Photoshop Transparency?
Now this is not an exercise to bash celebrities…I personally think all of those featured in this article are absolutely beautiful before photoshop! But I think it’s really important for people to see this, especially those who are young or vulnerable.
It always surprises me how many people are not aware of Photoshop, or how advanced it actually is technologically. Arguably you can do anything on Photoshop, and this is why it is so dangerous in the wrong hands.
Dangerous sounds dramatic but in fact the constant onslaught of perfect images bombarding young women is bound to subliminally effect how we feel about ourselves. Subconsciously we will compare ourselves – and we will never, ever measure up. Slowly the idea of beauty is changing.
The link below on BuzzFeed includes some interesting GIFS of some of our favourite celebrities. Some have only been altered slightly – others rather noticeably. What do you guys think?
Working in the industry in various different roles, including being a Make-Up Artist and Model, I understand that editing is both important and essential. However the purpose of these articles are to highlight when photo-shopping is harmful, irresponsible or misleading. Many celebrities are now hitting back at the notion of being photo-shopped beyond recognition – and Beyonce recently forced H&M to pull their whole campaign after they made her slimmer than she actually is, to be replaced by images that truly represented her size. These posts should also demonstrate to you that you really are striving for something that does not exist!
These girls DO NOT look like this in real life. To prove my point, I will be providing some images of me before and after editing. I haven’t been overly edited; but it’s important to see the small differences that make a perfect bigger picture. As a model I try and keep myself as good as I can possibly be – editing isn’t supposed to be used to alter huge flaws or change someone’s appearance completely. Watch this space everyone! For now, I saw this image a while back on Pinterest…and it’s so true!