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It’s a Sad Day When Even Julia Roberts is Not Beautiful Enough!

It’s pretty sad when ‘super beautiful’ is just not beautiful enough.

On this site alone, Nicole has given us example after example of how images of stunning models, including herself, are Photoshopped dramatically so as to achieve an unrealistic level of perfection. For some reason, the perfection that God created is often just not good enough for advertising “experts” — including the perfection of actress Julia Roberts or supermodel Christy Turlington for L’Oreal.

But for the Advertising Standards Authority in the UK, enough was enough. The L’Oreal ads were banned, not just because the images were airbrushed to an extreme, misrepresenting the beauty of both Roberts and Turlington, but also because the edits misrepresent the results of the products advertised.

This feigned ‘beauty perfection’ has reached a level beyond deception.

Thank you to Project Inspired fan, Angela, who sent us this clip. She has “struggled” in the past with her own body image, but this clip is a fantastic reminder that what you see is not always what is real.

It just goes to show that oftentimes the perfection that many young women strive to achieve is just not attainable in real life, not even by those who portray that perfection. So let’s strive for that which is attainable, and more important to God our Creator, our inner beauty.

1 Peter 3:3-4 -Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

Look at this extremely airbrushed ad of Keira Knightley for the following movie advertisement. They dramatically enlarged her bust, made her hair fuller, and even slimmed down her already skinny waist! The images are SO unrealistic in the media, us girls need to remember this!


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  1. AbigailRose

    Posted by AbigailRose on April 18, 2013 at 18:23

    Can someone give me the link of the video? Its not letting me watch it…

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by 101magster on March 5, 2012 at 18:38

    i understand when they have to use photoshop in movies because a person has to look like something, but they should say in magazines and things that it has been photoshopped. and not in tiny white letters that no one cand read, but normal sized letters

  3. Posted by on October 22, 2011 at 07:13

    Keira Knightly looked so much prettier without photoshop!!! 🙁

  4. Posted by on September 10, 2011 at 09:10

    I was flipping through a magazine a few days ago and saw a Taylor Swift Covergirl mascara ad. The caption underneath the picture read: ‘lashes digitally enhanced in post-production’. What?! at least they’re honest…:/

    • Posted by Nicole on September 10, 2011 at 13:09

      what?! Omg!! what magazine? Is it new?

      • Posted by on September 15, 2011 at 08:19

        it was either Good Housekeeping or InStyle…don’t remember which :/ but I’m sure the ad is used in other ones too. It’s not as bad as being photoshopped, but still! seems dishonest when you’re selling mascara to digitally enhance the lashes!

  5. Posted by on September 6, 2011 at 13:50

    I think his is a complicated topic because theres a debate between the messages untouched ohotos send out versus it being an art form. Even if we didnt use people, we could use a gorgeous flower and edit it, if you had the same flowers in your garden but they didnt look so good, wouldn’t you feel bad about them. But the debate doesn’t appear in paintings and drawings.. so i wonder if its a fair arguement sometimes. Because I ork with PhotoShop so much I can usually catch the changes. And if we ban it from ads, would we have to ban it from family photos too? However I do support there being restrictions for ads, even though it may not be fair to advertising. Personally, I think girls learn more from the articles than the ads.

  6. Posted by on September 5, 2011 at 21:07

    I think they ALL look WAY better without the retouching. They actually look like people.

  7. Posted by on August 31, 2011 at 14:05

    aw I’m glad that the stars are getting upset about this! They’re naturally beautiful! And anyone who doesn’t see that is a fool ^^”

  8. Posted by on August 30, 2011 at 00:54

    What mainly disgusts me is that they changed the size of Keira Knightley’s chest!!! I mean, SERIOUSLY? Suddenly you have to have a large chest to be considered beautiful? No, that is where I absolutely draw the line.

  9. Posted by on August 29, 2011 at 18:27

    goes to show that nobody’s perfect 🙂

  10. Posted by on August 29, 2011 at 16:54

    I took a webdesign class two years ago in my sophomore year of high school. I’m that class we learned how to use photoshop and by default airbrushing. Though my teacher only wanted us to use it as tool for when we were messing around with sample pictures we also got the chance to use it when we chose a magazine article and put our own faces over the face of the actual person. The assignment was just to see how well you make the face fit and not make it look disproportional (i.e. you didn’t shrink the head size after cutting it out of the facial close-up and just printed it on a full body image). For kicks a few friends and I tweeked our faces to the more “perfect” standard. I can honestly say that I hated the way I looked. I wasn’t me. I didn’t have my grandmother’s dark brown eyes anymore, instead bright and light brown. My nose was smaller and so was my chin. I also didn’t have my birthmark anymore.
    I can understand why people would want photoshopping but if you get or use it for a magazine then you won’t be you anymore. You’re being the image that someone else wants you to be.

    • Posted by Nicole on August 29, 2011 at 23:01

      that’s crazy!! but what a cool class that helps you learn and use the tool of photoshop so you can see the damaging effects.

  11. Posted by on August 29, 2011 at 09:33

    I love using photoshop, it’s a hobby of mine, and I enhance my photos sometimes too, for fun. Still, this is over-the-top. No one’s skin looks like that.
    Part of my things the magazine pressure is just part one. Because the girls who strive to be like the photoshopped cover girls are all over the place, especially on a college campus, so I think there’s extra pressure that those girls put on us. I feel pressure to be skinnier all the time. I know I’m a little chunky and have a big butt and breasts, sometimes I let that get the best of me. I’m realizing that I just need to be as healthy as I can be. 🙂

    I like color and lighting effects on movie ads because I see it as an art form, adding some textures and shades can really make a photo look interesting. Same with painting. Actually I remember learning about how back when people got their portraits painted, painters exaggerated what the person actually looked like as well. They made the person look more beautiful so that the people who saw the portrait would want one too and overall get more work. Beauty is a complex topic.

    BLEMISHES MAKE YOU LOOK REAL! 🙂 Not like a porceline doll.

  12. Posted by on August 29, 2011 at 03:44

    Wow, that is a great step. I really dislike how the ads these days are SO fake. It is ridiculous. Quite honestly I would like to see what the make up ACTUALLY does as well. They are indeed misleading people to think that the makeup produces flawless skin and long lashes. Come one people! Since when have you seen eyelashes that nice (unless they are fake) outside of an ad? The point being, if you make the eyelashes longer and thicker.. it isn’t being honest about what the mascara does. -_-

  13. Posted by on August 28, 2011 at 09:11

    WOW just wow

  14. Posted by on August 28, 2011 at 05:04

    I think I -have- heard about that one photo with Keira Knightley. Anyway, I don’t think I have huge insecurities about my appearance, if any, they’re tiny. Like sometimes I wish I had a smaller nose, but that’s only because I’m a video game geek who wants a nice anime nose (it seems most characters just have that same perfect nose). XD So it’s not a big deal, I guess, ’cause aside from that, I can live with my nose. x3

  15. Posted by on August 27, 2011 at 11:42

    Wait…. Pirates of the Carribean….. are you sure/ That looks like another movie!\\Also…. you left out the tan….. the bow being altered……. and her facial expresion.

    • Posted by Nicole on August 28, 2011 at 22:58

      you’re right it’s King Arthur! oops my bad 🙂

  16. Posted by on August 27, 2011 at 11:31

    I was so unaware of this! People are putting beauty at an unreachable level!!!! It’s such a shame…

  17. Posted by on August 27, 2011 at 10:20

    Wow. I’m not involved enough in the media to know who half of the people mentioned are, but I think I know a beautiful face when I see it. It amazes me why people would want to manipulate pictures of already beautiful people! And Kiera Knightly is my all-time favorite actress. She is beautiful, and I can’t believe they retouched the photo to enhance her chest size. What does that say? I know girls who don’t believe they are as beautiful as some ladies on TV because of their chest size. I think Kiera did the right thing not letting them photoshop any more pictures.
    Thank you so much for the article and the clip. I believe every girl should read this and watch the video, so as not to feel incompetent. Love you lots, and God bless y’all. 😀

    • Posted by on October 22, 2011 at 07:17

      Ha Ha me too! I try to stay away from celebrity magazines. I do like to read news though. I guess that’s a good thing that we aren’t involved in the media! It has little influence on us. 😀

    • Posted by on September 13, 2011 at 04:38

      I agree! The retouched photos don’t even look like them anymore. It’s sad, really… I think girls need to be embracing their beauty, not worrying about looking like the people on those “photographs.”

  18. Posted by on August 27, 2011 at 10:19

    Wow, I am SO impressed that the UK Officials stepped up and banned this ridiculous ‘advertising.’ It sends a powerful message to advertisers everywhere and I hope this sets a trend for the rest of the world – no more PHOTOSHOP!!

    And it’s sad how some people are accepting these altered images as the ‘norm’ now. The other day I was with my boyfriend picking out a movie to rent at the video rental store, and I pointed out a few movie covers where the females were very obviously Photoshopped. He responded with “Really? I’ve never thought that!” I was hurt that he said that, because it implies that he believes women are actually naturally like that, so I’ve been educating him ever since about it. This is just one example of many where people see these images so often that they become desensitized to them and now just accept it as ‘the way it is.’ It’s sad, these images are DEFINITELY harming our society and the way people perceive things, and it should stop. So, again, go UK for banning these ads!! Woo!!

  19. Posted by on August 27, 2011 at 09:32

    Girls are literaly killing themselves over this. They are starving themselves,and they don’t realize that the photos are not real. God let these womem know that they are beautiful and that those pictures are not real. God’s perfection will always be much better than the world’s perfection.

  20. Posted by on August 26, 2011 at 19:59

    The Keira knightley image Is from king Arthur 🙂 I’m a movie fanatic!! It’s crazy when Julia Roberts isn’t gorgeous enough… Sad.

    • tmgaouette

      Posted by tmgaouette on August 27, 2011 at 16:23

      I was so confused about the Keira Knightley comments. That image and caption was added to the bottom of my article and I didn’t know until I scrolled up to see what you and others were referring to. Anyway! I made the fix. Sorry to all Knightley fans:)

    • Posted by on August 27, 2011 at 16:16

      Yeah, I was just about to say. She had blonde hair in Pirates, didn’t she?

    • Posted by on August 26, 2011 at 22:48

      Haha ya I thought that wasn’t for Pirates. That’s my favorite movie so I would know lol. It didn’t look like it was from Pirates of the Caribbean. But, ya, it’s really sad. Julia Roberts is so beautiful!

  21. Posted by on August 26, 2011 at 16:54

    I also sent an email about this, with links, to Nicole and had been wondering if she had received it
    I do think that it is so important that girls be made aware of this, thank you!

    • Posted by Nicole on August 26, 2011 at 17:11

      what is the title of your email so I can look for it?

      • Posted by on August 26, 2011 at 17:27

        it was just ‘UK bans photoshopped ad’