The Before and After Files #1

    As a former model, I know firsthand that what you see in the magazine isn’t necessarily what was photographed. In fact, I was once hired to do a photo shoot for Victoria’s Secret and I saw firsthand the photographer’s assistant removing freckles, blemishes, and the super model’s nose and waist smaller for the picture. I couldn’t believe an already gorgeous woman was getting retouched so much for the Victoria’s Secret catalog!

    But it takes an act of courage to show your true self. For that reason, I’m introducing a series called “The Before and After Files.” In these articles, I’ll expose to you what I looked like in the BEFORE photo and then after getting retouched. It’s revealing. And I admit that it’s also somewhat embarrassing. But it’s the real me. And I want to show it to you, so that you feel comfortable showing the real…the beautiful…you.

    Take for instance the work that was done to this photo. Even if your hair isn’t behaving for the photo shoot, don’t worry! Your photographer can fix that (and even change your hair color!) with a few clicks of the mouse! Often, what you’re seeing in an ad (especially for hair products) is nothing like what the model’s hair actually looks like. Someday, I’ll have my photographer make me blond so that you can see how easy it is to trick a magazine reader into believing that what they’re seeing is the real deal!

    Click here to see the full photo.

    Nicole Weider is a Salem, Oregon native who moved to Los Angeles and quickly found success as a fashion model at the age of 17. Today, Nicole is an active wife, mom, producer, actress and author and has made it her mission to share her personal story, the bright moments and the challenges, with young women around the world.


    1. wow!! people always got depressed because they wanted to look like people in magazines ! but it does take guts and i don’t even know why they did that to your face . it makes it look so perfect and know one can be that perfect ! your really pretty . and they shouldnt change anything that your not just to sell an ad because it rips people off too!!lol

    2. I so wish i could meet you in person to express my appreciation! You are Brave! and I’m so glad that you are showing young girls how to be themselves, this is my first day on the website and I LOVE IT! I’m already going through blogs, and i read a million of them already! Thanks for being the true definition of a Role Model Nicole! We love you 🙂

    3. Honestly, you look fake in the after shot, Nicole. But in the before shot, you look warm, and welcoming, and beautiful, and I’m sure that’s what you look like in person, too. Thank you so much for showing us that our unedited selves are the truly beautiful ones that GOD created.

    4. Thank you. Walking around school, it’s so nice to think that we all don’t need to live up to that standard. We are people. We don’t need any changes, and that the actual standard everyone uses when judging themselves isn’t real. SO… if we take out that standard, the one where we can judge ourselves in happiness and not imperfection comes out and into our view of ourselves. Amen

    5. People look up to celebrity’s on magazines. We want to be just like them. Truthfully, we want to be photo shopped. We want to jump in to the computer and be changed. This world teaches us false things that can only hurt us. For once, I want to see a barbie doll that isn’t perfect.

    6. It’s a cool effect how they gave your hair more volume. I still think it’s weird that they put so much effort into trying to make people look “perfect”. I think you look gorgeous in both pics 🙂 It’s interesting to see what they’re doing to influence us…and that’s one reason that tween and teenage girls are always trying to look like Barbie dolls…

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