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The Before and After Files #3

This is one of my favorite photos to show how a Photoshop expert can basically transform an item of clothing. Next time you ask, “Why does this dress on the rack look nothing like the dress advertised in Seventeen?” …just look at this photo!

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  1. dancingonhappyclouds

    Posted by dancingonhappyclouds on June 25, 2013 at 09:32

    The first one looks loads better!!

  2. Shanell Elise is back

    Posted by Shanell Elise is back on June 21, 2013 at 11:41

    To much cleavage.

  3. mmaxim

    Posted by mmaxim on June 10, 2013 at 14:33

    That dress seems really skimpy! :O

  4. JoyJoyGirl

    Posted by JoyJoyGirl on December 14, 2012 at 09:52

    I thought people like tans?!?!?!?!

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by Kasey on January 18, 2012 at 06:51

    Wow, they even made your hair darker! Thats crazy!

  6. Posted by on September 24, 2011 at 18:09

    This is like my 10th comment. Not on this but altogether. I have to say I was kinda dissapointed to see so much cleavage. The 12th grade English teacher at my school always says modest is hottest. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL THOUGH!!!!I just wanted to share my opinion.

    • Posted by Nicole on September 25, 2011 at 14:44

      and I love your opinions!

      • Posted by on October 1, 2011 at 18:15

        I love that you take the time to reply, at lot of people don’t do that.

      • Posted by Nicole on October 3, 2011 at 15:13

        aww thanks Madison! I try my best! 🙂

  7. Posted by on September 18, 2011 at 14:59

    your skin looks so much prettier before they edited it! why would they make you less tan??

  8. Posted by on September 7, 2011 at 04:09

    Everyone is saying that she looks more beautiful in the before picture, but you wouldn’t be able to tell that if the second one was all you saw on the cover of a mag

    • Posted by on September 7, 2011 at 04:14

      which is why they continue to do what they do. of course shes more beautiful in the first pic, but how could you tell if you didnt see the first pic

  9. Posted by on August 29, 2011 at 17:10

    i honestly think that all the “before” pictures are a lot prettier than the “after” pictures.

    • Posted by Nicole on August 29, 2011 at 22:43

      thank you “tiger muffin” you are so cute! I agree 🙂 The others look fake.

  10. Posted by on August 28, 2011 at 02:04

    well my dad is a photographer and i know a lot about lighting and other things that need to be done for a good photo that doesnt need retouching, of course some need scars or pimples taken out but you didnt need anything changed in the photo, i think personally the lighting sucked but it was still a great photo and an amazing woman in the photo

  11. Posted by Nicole on August 26, 2011 at 17:12

    I dress up very glamourous for the shoots, but I still try to be tasteful. In this dress, I do believe it’s okay to wear. 🙂

  12. Posted by on August 13, 2011 at 12:27

    Sorry, the after picture looks fake…I don’t like how people fakeify pictures, why not just leave it to be the real person?

  13. Posted by Nicole on July 30, 2011 at 00:32

    You do know that you have an IP address that shows up under your email “Mr.TROLL” that I can access who it is- get a life.

  14. Posted by on July 25, 2011 at 13:49

    Hey, Nicole, I just wanted to say that I think you are so much prettier in the first picture. Your skin glows and you don’t look unhealthy and too skinny, like in the second picture. Your hair is (in my opinion) a prettier color, and you just look beautiful in the first picture. The second picture is pretty, sure, but it just looks fake. I’m 14 and struggle with how I look, just like a lot of girls my age. Thanks for being such a great inspiration 🙂 God bless you!

    • Posted by on July 27, 2011 at 15:23

      um… she doesnt look “too skinny” in either one. she’s barely a different size.

      • Posted by on July 29, 2011 at 11:27

        Actually, in the second one, they darken the dress (which results in looking smaller), and widen her hips, narrow her waist, and just make her that much skinnier…it’s not a big difference, but it’s enough to make you just a little more insecure.

    • Posted by Nicole on July 25, 2011 at 14:26

      thank you for that sweet compliment! 🙂 I agree with you, the photoshop is way too much!

  15. Posted by on July 13, 2011 at 18:34

    Both pictures r really pretty but the first one is beautiful u look real and alive. Now i know y all the girls in school are so self concise its because of these magazines making people look so fake. its impossible to attain these looks

  16. Posted by on July 9, 2011 at 21:32

    You don’t have to dress like a nun or be Amish like to be Christian it’s 2011. It’s not about what you reveal as much as it is about how you do it and what your intentions are. She’s also a woman with good morals and ethics. Besides only GOD can judge her and God knows her intention. By the way I’m going to pray for you to get better at not being so picky. 🙂

  17. Posted by on July 8, 2011 at 13:39

    As beautiful as the picture is, Nicole, that is an incredibly revealing dress…

    • Posted by on October 16, 2011 at 15:05

      I agree… there are a few of her pictures that surprise me because there is quite a bit showing… 🙁

  18. Posted by on July 6, 2011 at 11:19

    Wow! Never again will I look at a picture in like a magazine and think wow, I want to be like that! It’s amazing the technology in photos! But you are pretty inside and out without the photoshop!

  19. Posted by on July 3, 2011 at 21:52

    not meaning to intrude but i have always wondered are those your natural eyebrows ? you are really pretty 🙂

    • Posted by Nicole on July 5, 2011 at 00:19

      yes they are! I grew them out a little bit I think they fit my face better. Thankyou!

  20. Posted by on June 29, 2011 at 12:26

    The originals are always the best pictures, because they are the real you. Yes, I think that the refinished photos are pretty, but they aren’t the real you. I would love for you to write a section on inner beauty in a popular teen magazine, such as teenVOGUE, Seventeen, or Girl’s Life (GL) to show what is done to make a model look more appealing and how teen girls should appreciate their natural beauty.

    • Posted by Nicole on June 29, 2011 at 16:50

      that’s a great idea! I think I’ll do that soon!

  21. Posted by on June 28, 2011 at 06:49

    personally i think that you look even more beautiful in the un-photoshopped version

  22. Posted by on June 23, 2011 at 18:01

    I don’t understand why he changes your skin tone and hair color, it looks so much better in the before picture. The after picture is ridiculously fake. Your skin naturally glows, and if you were meant to have darker hair and ligher skin, that’s what God would’ve given you. But you weren’t, which is why people need to stop trying to make celebrities look perfect.

  23. Posted by on June 21, 2011 at 08:27

    Wow i love the hair
    my friend is a home model i design her out fits. She loves you she thinks ur a real inspiation. WOW u are

  24. Posted by on May 29, 2011 at 14:45

    Wow! that’s crazy. The after pic is pale and washed out, the before one is much better. But the dress is a little revealing don’t you think?

  25. Posted by on May 21, 2011 at 19:27

    I actually love the first one a lot! The second one has too much lighting in my opinion. It looks more real in the before shot, but that’s obviously because it IS real. Lol. Gorgeous shot!

  26. Posted by on May 14, 2011 at 10:41

    This makes me so angry. Why do they do that? :/

  27. Posted by on May 6, 2011 at 18:15

    wow. i ask that question..ALL THE TIME. thanks so much for clearing that up<3

  28. Posted by on May 6, 2011 at 12:52

    For a christian woman you sure do reveal a lot of breast.

    • AllisonGrace

      Posted by AllisonGrace on November 26, 2012 at 14:38

      Oh, stop it with the judgmental tone. She is beautiful.

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by Shanell E. on September 12, 2013 at 11:49

        There is nothing wrong with giving an opinion, like you have said before. She IS showing to much cleavage. Giving your opinion about something does not mean you are being judgmental. Please stop being so oversensitive. Society as become that way to much these days.

  29. Posted by on April 8, 2011 at 16:41

    wow u actually responded to my text how cool!! You are 1 of my inspirations! im not even kidding right now! lol! 🙂

  30. Posted by on April 3, 2011 at 04:39

    I’m a teenager and I sometimes feel really sad about how so many of my fellow classmates that are girls think. It’s pretty crazy how this world can twist and jack your mind up. That’s why as Christians we are so blessed to have Jesus as our Lord and Saviour He watches over our souls. I’m really going to pray for everyones though.

    • Posted by Nicole on April 3, 2011 at 14:00

      Yes Neenee you are so right! The Lord is really watching over you. God bless. 🙂

  31. Posted by on March 27, 2011 at 22:43

    Photoshop shmotoshop. You look healthier, more alive, and REAL in the first picture. Airbrushing is so stupid, no wonder teenage girls are so self concious about their skin…they can’t make it look like the pictures in magazines no matter what they do.

  32. Posted by on March 10, 2011 at 10:58

    Love this series!

  33. Posted by on March 3, 2011 at 21:18

    I love this picture!!! Especially the whole one. It’s such a cute dress.