Art student Anna Hill, 24, has been using Photoshop for over a decade and knows exactly how much magazine images are digitally altered to achieve that “better than perfect” look. To illustrate this disturbing fact of modern day media, she turned her Photoshop skills on her own self portraits to create a series of mock ads for Photoshop beauty products, like the “all-in-one beauty kit” above that promises everything from perfect skin to a nose job — instantly! The ads are sharp satire, but the craziest part is how the exercise affected Hill’s own self-image. “One thing I noticed when I was doing these was that when I suddenly went back to the unedited [photo of myself], it looked so wrong and kinda gross,” she said. “It made me extra aware of how skewed my perception was after looking at the edited ones for a while.” Who hasn’t felt a similar sense of shame and “wrongness” after flipping through a fashion magazine and then taking a look in the mirror?
Check out a couple more of Hill’s imaginary ads, including a limb-lengthening serum and a pore-disappearing treatment (“For that android look you’ll never achieve in real life”), after the jump! Keep reading »
Stephanie was the last person you would expect to join the Army. The absolute last person. You can ask anyone who knew her growing up and they would all say she seemed destined for the most hippie college you could think of.
We became friends through Girl Scouts and stayed best friends for years after. She was the dynamic, personable one and I was like a shy, muted version of her. Or I wished I was a muted version of her — being anything like Stephanie at all would have made me happy. Keep reading »
What’s better than four shirtless soldiers who can dance? Finding a man who loves N’Sync as much as we did — OK, do. This routine to “Bye, Bye, Bye,” straight from the front lines in Iraq, is jam packed with smooth moves from a bunch of built bros. Mmm, men in the military. Lance Bass would agree: It’s a pleasure to see our tax dollars hard at work. [Cougars Wild Kingdom]
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Sometimes when I’m in my hippie-dippy yoga classes I think that some of what I’m hearing is a load of hooey. A couple weeks ago, the teacher in my class (who happens to be, not to brag, I swear, Uma Thurman’s brother) was talking about how we store emotional issues and trauma in our body and that’s why we’re not as flexible as we could be. So, like, when you can’t do a split, it’s not because your body isn’t capable, it’s because you haven’t worked through certain issues yet in your yoga practice. I thought that sounded like crap. Well, today I read an article about how humans store emotional trauma in their hip joints and that yoga can help relieve that trauma, resulting in the potential to totally bawl your eyes out when you’re doing a Warrior pose, or whatever. That’s why it’s recommended that Iraq war veterans take yoga classes. Crazy huh? This is the last time I shall ever question Uma’s brother again. [Star-Telegram.com] Keep reading »
Ding, ding, ding! The United States, the most developed country in the western world, has won the title of Chlamydia Queen, diagnosing a record 1 million cases last year. Eww. That’s the most ever for any sexually transmitted disease. Even better? Gonorrhea is on the rise as well, and an increasing number of those cases are of the super bug variety, which is resistant to most antibiotics. God, crotch rot is such an overachiever — it’s like the girl you hated in high school who got straight As, was saledictorian, dated the hottest dude in school, and won prom queen…only crotch rot isn’t nearly as pretty. [MSNBC] Keep reading »