Photoshop Leak – Cindy Crawford  

Last week saw two sets of unretouched (shock, horror) celebrity photographs leaked on the internet – with varied responses from the public and the media. As an avid campaigner for reducing the use of Photoshop and advocate for more realistic images in the media, I had to post on this one!

Cindy Crawford was actually the subject of one of my Inspirational Women posts a while back – she’s always been a natural beauty who of course is stunning and someone we all aspire to look like, yet she’s retained that real-ness and has aged gracefully, continuing her modelling career whilst remaining a positive role model for her daughters and for women all over the world.

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This photo is part of a spread shot for Marie Claire, and apparently Cindy herself insisted that the photo was released in its raw state to show the stark difference between the before and after, which we’ve yet to see.

If this is true then I am really, really impressed with Cindy’s bravery for putting herself out there for the inevitable criticism of the small-minded, jealous people who will undoubtedly slate her (and actually already have) for her ‘less than toned’ stomach, or the ‘cellulite’ or the ‘saggy skin’.

I would like to say that I think Cindy looks FABULOUS for her age (she’s 48!) and more than that she looks real. It’s so refreshing and not at all displeasing to see someone looking so fantastic but so genuine and I really applaud whoever leaked the photos, especially if it was Cindy herself.

I make no secret of the fact that I would like to see many, many more unphotoshopped images in the media. Many people I speak to are surprisingly unaware of the extent that photoshop is used in the media – and in fact the press have been full of articles shocked at the stark differences between the edited and unedited photos emerging, questioning the heavy use of photoshop in our magazines and marketing.

What do you think? Were you aware that photoshop is used to such a great extent? Would you like to see more un-photoshopped images?

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Tough Cookie is a blog for support and inspiration during recovery from Anorexia. Eating disorder recovery can be tough – but so are you!

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Photoshop Leak – Beyonce

L’Oreal and Maybelline – along with the rest of the beauty industry – are amongst some of the worst photoshop usage culprits. In fact, there are often stories in the press and involving trading standards surrounding the unrealistic advertising of beauty products and make-up and the obvious over-use of photoshop in their marketing. Impossibly smooth skin, slim noses, plump lips, sparkling eyes – these adverts are undeniably beautiful to look at, but they really don’t represent reality in any way at all.

This week saw leaked images of Beyonce and Cindy Crawford – causing a media storm. Beyonce’s images were for her latest L’Oreal campaign, and they did represent a fairly stark difference between the officially released images and the raw images. But that’s not because Beyonce is ugly or defective in any way – far from it! She still looks STUNNING in these photos. She’s been under fire for editing her own photos for Instagram, but even unedited paparazzi and concert photos of Beyonce prove that she is unquestionably a natural beauty. Her skin is certainly not the ‘photoshop smooth’ of the L’Oreal photos – but it isn’t awful. Her face is still the same shape – her nose isn’t as contoured, her skin is darker. In fact, in her official L’Oreal images she looks a little too-perfect, a little alien-like, pale and almost unrecognisable. Surely seeing her in her natural state would be much nicer – and much better – for society, especially the young women who look up to her.

I’m not saying that L’Oreal should release these raw images as an advert for their make-up. They have to be expected to use some sort of editing, they’re a business after all. But wouldn’t it be nicer to see more realistic images – less plastic-doll-perfect? I think that the editing used on skin in the beauty industry is way too harsh and completely unnecessary. What do you think of these unretouched images and their retouched counterparts? Which ones do you prefer?

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Tough Cookie is a blog for support and inspiration during recovery from Anorexia. Eating disorder recovery can be tough – but so are you!

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