posted on November 14, 2011 at 2:59 pm
In my post, “It’s a Sad Day When Even Julia Roberts is Not Beautiful Enough,” I mentioned that even beautiful people like Julia Roberts are Photoshopped for magazine covers and advertisements.
Photoshopping celebrities to unrealistic levels is the norm in the industry, so much so that the person in the photograph often is lost in the “perfection.” Look at Kristen Stewart below. Does the Photoshopped image even look like her anymore?
But these images can be damaging to girls. As many teens transition into young women, they often experience stages of awkwardness. This is not just an emotional transition, but also a physical one. They compare themselves with their peers and even more with their favorite celebrities. And doing so causes a number of insecurity issues.
Without knowing the truth behind favorite celebrity images, many young girls brood over them, wishing and praying that they too could look so perfect. They envy the clear skin, the small waist, toned arms, and so much more. But the truth is that the majority of images are manipulated to meet the demands of perfection.
Who thinks Taylor Swift is perfect? Well she’s not, according to the Russian magazine below. No one is when it comes to selling magazines.
Below are Mariah Carey and Eva Longoria in real life bikini shots. Carey is also seen in an image that has been extremely Photoshopped.
For those of you who envy many of these celebrities, you should know that most are not this perfect. If you want to look like them Photoshopped on a magazine cover, all you have to do is Photoshop your photos.
But you can look like a celebrity. In fact, you probably already do … because without Photoshop, these celebrities look real, just like you and me.
The picture below is an untouched image of Scarlett Johansson showing the cellulite on her thighs. Because of Photoshopped images and their unrealistic presentations of perfection, a woman’s natural body is often considered flawed in comparison. Cellulite, large pores, extra weight, scars, and other “imperfections” are highlighted in untouched images because in Photoshopped images they never would be allowed.
So what’s considered offensive for these magazine editors? How about growing older? Photoshop can work wonders if you have wrinkles. See Twiggy and Madonna below. Both women were in their fifties when these pictures were taken.
Do you have large pores? Photoshop can take care of that too. Check out Megan Fox in these before and after images.
The point of this post is not to point out the flaws in these celebrities, but to demonstrate that the images of these celebrities are not real. These women are not perfect. So don’t be so hard on yourself. Take care of yourself, but don’t set yourself up to fail by looking at Julia Roberts on a magazine cover and saying, “I need to look like her,” “I wish I looked like her,” or “I will never look as great as her.”
But even Photoshop is not perfect. Kate Winslet spoke out about the image below; she didn’t like her fake flattened and toned body. Take a look at the mirror image of the actress: The graphic designer neglected to Photoshop the actress’s reflection. And what about Beyonce? In this case, the designer decided to add a better arm, but the old one’s still there too!
Check out Indy Ink’s “Don’t Compare Yourself to Celebrities” on Pinterest.com if you are interested in seeing more celebrity images.
Ladies, I pray that all of you recognize your worth. Beauty is not a flawless body on the outside, but a flawless character on the inside. Let’s all strive to attain that, rather than that which is impossible.
But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart (1 Samuel 16:7).
Image: Indy Ink on Pinterest.com