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The Before and After Files #5

No one’s skin is perfect. Even with all the best skincare products and professional makeup artists. And you know what? Every single cosmetic company knows this. Yet these brands want you to believe that their products (and only their products) are going to make you glow and give you incredibly smooth and perfect skin tone!

You’d be shocked if you saw the “before” pictures of the models for any of the most famous brands. Professional models like me have the advantage of experts who modify their photos and touch them up so that the “after” picture has almost zero flaws. I’m here to tell you that a magazine model’s perfect skin comes from a computer mouse, not from a fancy bottle.

But you still can have a healthy glow! That’s going to come from the food you eat, living a healthy life, feeling and acting confident, and being your own beautiful self.

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Image: Courtesy Nicole Weider


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  1. Sydney_Andrews

    Posted by Sydney_Andrews on May 15, 2014 at 08:46

    Guys she’s using photoshop as an example. If you actually read the description, you would know that.

  2. Far612

    Posted by Far612 on December 30, 2013 at 12:12

    Wow! You look so different! All the photoshopping in commercials and pictures always ends up making women of all ages feel insecure about what they look. They want to change their body to make them look like someone their not, when the model doesn’t even look like that! If only more before photos were available to be seen. When teen girls zoom in, they see the model has blemishes like everyone else. He nobody looks perfect! Btw, the before picture is gorgeous! It shows girls are beautifuls just the way they are. True beauty is on the inside.

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by Kitty_Cat on December 29, 2013 at 01:19

    Guys, don’t give Nicole such a hard time! She is showing Photoshopped pictures to prove that the “perfect” image models have in photographs from the media is not real. These pictures give girls a bad body image, but that’s because they think the picture wasn’t touched up., so she is showing that it in fact was redone.

    The reason she showed these was actually explained quite clearly below the pictures πŸ˜›

    I think the reason these seem immodest was because they were from when she was modeling. if not, everyone makes some mishaps πŸ™‚

    Nicole wants to let you guys know that you are beautiful no matter what, and that she has a very beautiful heart, with a physical appearance to match πŸ˜€ She also said that you can enhance you natural beauty by living a healthy lifestyle

  4. horseylover

    Posted by horseylover on November 2, 2013 at 16:14

    too much booby showing i think!! why do you do these before and after pictures? you are always saying love yourself the way you are!!

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by GraceofGod on October 26, 2013 at 19:19

    This is so immodest. I thought that “modest is hottest.” Its easy to talk about it, but girls look up to you, so you should be living it too. This picture makes me uncomfortable to look at.

  6. belladoesntsuck

    Posted by belladoesntsuck on October 9, 2013 at 13:45

    I agree with EmmaQuimby on this. You look absolutely beautiful but it’s a bit immodest.

    • belladoesntsuck

      Posted by belladoesntsuck on November 8, 2013 at 13:20

      Never mind, I’m sorry! This was before I learned more about you and that you are no longer modeling and dressing like that…Sorry!

  7. EmmaQuimby

    Posted by EmmaQuimby on September 9, 2013 at 15:52

    You look gorgeous, but um… why are the photos not more modest?

  8. wildwolf1300

    Posted by wildwolf1300 on August 26, 2013 at 18:59

    why do they do that! she looks so good at first but after is YUCK! is looks so fake I makes me sick and makes me feel like I cant be good

  9. annie9

    Posted by annie9 on July 6, 2013 at 13:43

    why do the change the photos? the before looks amazing!! You’re so beautiful Nicole!

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by october99 on December 24, 2011 at 08:50

    I think you look beautiful without makeup products! I just dont see why they make it such a big deal if you don’t touch up on a beautiful picture? Well, it is California..

  11. Posted by on October 27, 2011 at 09:48

    Wow. Both of these are gorgeous, but I especially love the first one. You’re so brave to do this, Nicole! Thank you so much πŸ™‚ Seeing you as you are, and not “digitally enhanced” I think makes you even more beautiful, because you aren’t a Barbie doll–no one is!

  12. Posted by on August 30, 2011 at 19:28

    wow:) i really like your before and after pictures and the lessons behind them! i was just thinking it would be nice if your pictures were more modest…

  13. Posted by on April 24, 2011 at 21:25

    You are beautiful. In the real picture you look amazing and…real. The edited one just makes you look like a porcelain doll. So sad they do this.

  14. Posted by on April 14, 2011 at 14:08

    This website is so inspiring!!I’ve learned a lot from it and it’s nice to know there are some level-headed models out there.
    The before pic looks great!! u actually look human in that one, where the other one looks so fake!! you’re much more beautiful in the first one!!

  15. Posted by on April 7, 2011 at 13:26

    loving the first picture, you know, the one where you look more like a person. πŸ™‚ i think its so important that you share the before and after photos, please keep doing it! at first when i found this website i thought “of course she has a healthy self asteem, the woman looks like a goddess!shes flawless, she has everything going for her!” but then i saw the before and after pictures and you like more human. like someone who has opinions, which is what you are, and what we all are. we are voices and opinions! keep it up! much love.

    • Posted by Nicole on April 7, 2011 at 16:59

      Thank you so much Mac!! you made my day you are so sweet πŸ™‚

  16. Posted by on April 7, 2011 at 09:21

    I really like most of the ‘befores’ better, honestly πŸ˜›

  17. Posted by on April 3, 2011 at 04:48

    I think you are even more beautiful in the 1st one! The second 1 looks fake, your face looks like a computer avatar or something. But the first 1 looks real and it’s you. πŸ™‚

  18. Posted by on March 24, 2011 at 13:13

    you are so gorgeous!

    • Posted by Nicole on March 24, 2011 at 23:22

      thank you so much! That really makes me feel good. πŸ™‚

  19. Posted by on March 24, 2011 at 12:03

    You’re gorgeous without the retouching, too!

    • Posted by Nicole on March 24, 2011 at 16:09

      Thank you so much! That’s very sweet of you and makes me feel good. πŸ™‚

  20. Posted by on March 24, 2011 at 11:15

    I really wish more models would post their before and afters. I find it so fascinating!! Thank you so much for sharing this with us Nicole. It really does make me feel a lot better!!!