“I’m constantly telling girls all the time everything is airbrushed, everything is retouched to the point it’s not even asked. None of us look like that. … It’s a form of violence in the way that we look at women and the way we expect them to look and be for what sake? Not for health, survival, not for enjoyment of life, but just so you could look pretty.”
—Rosario Dawson talks body image and airbrushing in Shape magazine. She also said that she lost a lot of weight to play Mimi in “Rent” because her character was supposed to be a dope addict with AIDS. But instead of telling her she looked sick, the actress said she got tons of compliments. “I remember everyone asking what did you do to get so thin? You looked great,” she said. “I looked emaciated.” Oh, Rosario, I love you so. [CNN] Keep reading »
Breaking News: Julia Roberts and model Christy Turlington — both women in their 40s — are not the dewy, fresh-faced nymphs these ads for Maybelline and Lancome would have you believe. In fact, these airbrushed within-an-inch-of-their-lives ads have gotten both cosmetics companies in trouble with the United Kingdom’s Advertising Standards Authority, which regulates truth in advertising. Though Maybelline’s Christy Turlington ad features tiny print at the bottom which clarifies that the image offers an “illustrated effect” of how its product works, that wasn’t enough for the ASA. Ditto regarding Lancome’s ad, which the ASA claims did not “accurately illustrate what effect the product could achieve.” Further, the ASA couldn’t conclusively determine whether digital retouching had been used to alter the image. Keep reading »
The dudes over at Slacktory used Photoshop to remove the iPhones from people’s self-portraits and replaced them with a variety of random objects. In this case, this guy’s cellphone was ‘shopped out and replaced with a lovely package of Summer’s Eve. If the douche fits… (Warning, the link isn’t entirely SFW.) [Slacktory] Keep reading »
Though we logically know that the images we see in magazines have been airbrushed and retouched beyond recognition, it’s still hard not to compare ourselves to the glossy, fresh and smooth faces and bodies we see. Which is why it’s healthy to take a glance at photographer Scott Trindle’s photos of models in their natural state. From top left, clockwise, Raquel Zimmerman, Natalia Vodianova, Jessica Clarke and Kristy Hume show their brave and makeup-free faces to the world. [Styileite] Keep reading »
The thing that cracks me up the most about these ads for Sugar Sugar, an online dating site that matches younger women with older, weathy men, is that these are so obviously stock images of young couples. The guys’ hair has just been badly photoshopped to look grey. These dudes, to quote one blogger, look “very (very) premature gray-blue … with the skin of a 26-year-old” — likely not representative of the actual sugar daddies the site has to offer. [via Lonely Sandwich] Keep reading »
Obviously, Urban Outfitters is an affordable trendsetting retailer, but did you know they are also MAGICIANS? Photoshop Disasters came across this image on Urban’s website in which the model dons Silence & Noise’s Ikat Dress whilst hovering. That is some David Blaine s**t right there. But seriously, Urban, I would have thought that dress was pretty damn cute even without the magical powers. Break out the bag of tricks for your more hideous offerings next time, ‘kay? [Photoshop Disasters via Styleite] Keep reading »
Remember that iconic photo of President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the White House Situation Room watching the raid in Pakistan which killed Osama bin Laden? (Top photo!) Well, a conservative Hasidic Jewish newspaper in Brooklyn for Hasids completely edited Hillary Clinton and the other woman in the Situation Room out of the photo. (See bottom photo!) They’re gone entirely! It’s a Situation Room full of dudes.
In Hasidic culture, unrelated men and women do not socialize with each other; in some communities, men and women don’t even work alongside each other. Some say Hillary Clinton and counterterrorism analyst Audrey Tomasen were Photoshopped out because the Hasids didn’t want to depict women in positions of authority or because the women mixing with men with whom they are not related is sexually suggestive. (Hillary’s pantsuits are so sexually suggestive.) The newspaper, Der Zeitung, has not commented on to why they erased the women from the pics. But who cares what their reason is? Erasing two women from a moment that will go down in the history books — that they experienced — is sexism, plain and simple.
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Take a close look at this picture. Notice something … amiss? Maybe a limb? We’re going to go out on one and say that this model was probably born with two, but Ann Taylor’s keen Photoshop wizards seem to have made it suddenly disappear. [PSD] Keep reading »
A few months ago, we told you that the makeup brand Rimmel London had signed Zooey Deschanel as their new spokesmodel. So when we saw this ad for Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Lipstick, we were like, “Weird, who is this chick? Where’s Zooey?” Oh, but this is Zooey, after some serious Photoshopping. Rendering your famous spokesmodel completely unrecognizable — not to mention a wee bit wall-eyed! — doesn’t seem like a very brilliant business move. [Styleite] Keep reading »
Photoshop is out of control, people. These days, y’all should just assume any model’s thighs are twice as thick as they appear. That’s why I’m loving these completely unretouched ads from the beauty line Make Up For Ever. In fact, these pics have even been certified by a notary! Each of the models is naturally gorgeous and had her makeup professionally applied, of course. But I still love any and all proof that women can look this ah-maz-ing without airbrushing.
Check out another one of Make Up For Ever’s airbrushing-free images, after the jump: Keep reading »