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You Can Look Like a Celebrity…With and Without Photoshop!

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


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  1. lilyworshipsongs

    Posted by lilyworshipsongs on December 17, 2012 at 22:19

    omg, thats just photo shopped of taylor swift? I thought someone tried to make a realistic computer animation when I saw that magazine cover a while ago XD

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by vshugars on December 13, 2012 at 04:48

    Wow, i never realied how much magazines photoshopped, though i don’t read magazines myself. This is a great way to show how the world works

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by onedirection4ever on November 19, 2011 at 06:55

    This article is really good. I have always felt really bad about my body. And I don’t really like anything about my features much. I’m not that pretty. I’m 5’7/ 125lbs and I have 35″ hips and a 25″ waist and I’m REALLY trying to slim down, but it’s not working too well. 🙁 I know these pictures aren’t real, but I have alot of friends with a 20″ waist and toned tummies, and it sucks because I work out and eat super healthy and my tummy is not that thin!Anyhow, thanks for the article!

  4. Posted by on November 17, 2011 at 13:03

    That is absolutely crazy. More girls need to realize that these celebrities have imperfections too! No one is naturally that “perfect”. Imperfections are what make us beautiful.

  5. Posted by on November 17, 2011 at 09:12

    I love this article Im a teen and some time I just feel bad because people on the tv and magazines looks so perfect but then there is natural beauty (Except thank god there is eye brow waxing I’d be a bush) and God made us so beautiful!!! IF i feel bad I usually listen to beautiful you but johnny diaz its really good.

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by greendayblat on November 16, 2011 at 20:43

    it is funny that the photoshopper forgot to delete the other arm

  7. Posted by on November 16, 2011 at 18:11

    it’s a sad day when not even Taylor Swift is considerd perfect. The magazine made her looked worse!!! I <3 this this really helped!

    • tmgaouette

      Posted by tmgaouette on November 16, 2011 at 21:20

      I know. I glad it helped! God bless.

      • Posted by on November 17, 2011 at 09:48

        Gosh, Taylor is, physically speaking, already flawless-looking! I can’t believe they would photoshop her! If they’ll photoshop a tall, thin, poreless, beautiful 20 year old, there’s no telling what they won’t do to create a false impression of ‘perfection’.

  8. Posted by on November 15, 2011 at 18:25

    I love it! There is nothing wrong with being beautiful on the outside,but the inside is much more important.Instead of keeping up with the world’s definiton of beautiful,work on keeping up your already-there beauty.

  9. Posted by on November 15, 2011 at 17:46

    i apperciate what you said. This is true, many times I compare myself to other celebs. I knew they weren’t ‘real’ pictures, but i didnt know they were that fake! It makes me feel human, and know that no matter what, we are beautiful in God. thank you for the encouraging post

  10. jones.dana46

    Posted by jones.dana46 on November 14, 2011 at 22:44

    You are God’s perfect masterpiece. He loves you soooo much that he sent his son to die on the cross and doesn’t that alone prove your worth?

  11. Posted by on November 14, 2011 at 20:36

    Absolutely loved this article. Thank you so much for posting this. I’ve had struggles with feeling flawed for some reason lately…

  12. Posted by on November 14, 2011 at 18:04

    This is awesome, I knew things were photoshoped to some extent, but this just proves that we relly are just as beautiful, really neat, thank you for sharing. 🙂

    • tmgaouette

      Posted by tmgaouette on November 16, 2011 at 21:16

      You are welcome. It’s really sad how far they go with Photo-shopping.

  13. Project Inspired

    Posted by Izzie618 on November 14, 2011 at 17:54

    I found this really helpful because even when I don’t know it I compare myself to others!! I should remember that God made us all perfect in our own special little way 🙂

  14. Posted by on November 14, 2011 at 17:23

    Taylor is beautiful. WITH or WITHOUT Photoshop. 🙂

  15. Posted by on November 14, 2011 at 17:23

    Great article…something I needed to hear

  16. pinkpenguin318

    Posted by pinkpenguin318 on November 14, 2011 at 17:09

    I am SO happy!! I always thought stars like Megan fox had that perfect skin, but now I know even SHE suffers with pores 😀

    But the thing that most bugs me is how unreal this is. Its upsetting to be because I flip through a magazine thinking that what I’m seeing is real. As if plastic surgery and hundreds of dollars spent on beauty supplies wasn’t enough.

    • Posted by on November 17, 2011 at 09:45

      yah, exactly…I flip through a magazine just looking for makeup tips and end up coming away feeling down because my skin will never look as good as the models…but this made me feel better. So did the picture of Scarlett Johansson 😉

      • Posted by on November 17, 2011 at 09:46

        ugh, hit ‘post’ before I should have- I was going to say it’s nice to see stars like Scarlett don’t have 100% perfect figures.

  17. Project Inspired

    Posted by girlygirl1234 on November 14, 2011 at 16:45

    Those magazine editors need to open their eyes. Many young girls are looking at these fake photo-shopped pictures and are thinking that if they can’t look like that then they are ugly. I wish their was a magazine that showed everyday women without being photo-shopped. Those are the people young girls should be looking up to.

  18. Dreamer

    Posted by Dreamer on November 14, 2011 at 16:24

    That’s sad that the magazine companies and such think that these women aren’t beautiful enough that their bodies need to be altered with photoshop. I think that these women look perfectly fine before photoshop.

  19. Project Inspired

    Posted by onedirection4ever on November 14, 2011 at 16:14

    LOVE this! Thank you SO much!

  20. Posted by on November 14, 2011 at 15:20

    i think if its for a magazine shoot like the one kristen stewert is i of if its for a fashion spread or something like that is fine. but if its just them out and about like the one with beyonce, whats the point?

    • Posted by on November 19, 2011 at 22:16

      For Kristen Stewart, the untouched one lookes waaaay better because she doesn’t look pale or having a bad hair day. For Kate Winslet, her booty lookes to big in photoshop

    • Posted by on November 14, 2011 at 15:21

      honsetly their all really pretty naturally and dont need it but its their choice to isnt it?

  21. Project Inspired

    Posted by RachelMarie on November 14, 2011 at 15:10

    So true! Thanks for this article. Girls really need to be aware of the lies and deceit of the devil. my fav line from the song “Beautiful Disaster” by Jon McLaughlin is “Perfect only in her imperfections” and its so true. more girls need to be aware of that