It’s not big news that ads are photoshopped. But every once in a while I see something that’s so completely ridiculous that I have to wonder if the people involved are for real. You have to understand, from far away, I had no idea who the hell those guys were supposed to be, and it’s a giant billboard — it’s the size of the building. I honestly thought that Michael Chiklis on the right was a Pixar creation.
No, this is in no way the worst case of photoshopping ever. I’m not saying that. You might even be thinking, This isn’t a big deal, I wouldn’t have looked twice. But isn’t that the problem? Why aren’t we looking twice? Why aren’t we surprised by these photoshopped images any more? Why are we accepting this? And I’ve noticed that lately, men seem to finally be getting the same crazy photoshop treatment that women get, though I don’t see this as a victory. All it does is perpetuate this stupid cycle of raising standards by depicting all celebrities so flawless, they look computer generated. (Or worse, when the images become so manipulated, they look like other people. I thought that Kim Cattral on the “Sex and the City 2″ poster was Katherine Heigl.) Keep reading »
This is Lady Gaga on the cover of Vogue, looking svelte and amazing and sort of vase-shaped. Only, this isn’t what she actually looked like during the shoot — at all. Not that she looked bad; she looked gorgeous. But come on — if Gaga was actually built the way she appears on the cover of Vogue, she wouldn’t be able to walk, and she’d tip over all the time. Check out a video of the shoot, after the jump!
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Model/actress/whatever Rosie Huntington-Whitely is very pretty. But is she so pretty that she actually doesn’t possess pores? Doubtful. Yet that’s exactly what this Elle UK cover might have you believe. Huntington-Whitely is airbrushed within an inch of her life, giving the impression that her face is actually a strange spackled-on mask or a CGI James Cameron character. But don’t worry — none of this fame and being-on-the-cover-of-magazines crap is going to her head. “Look, I think my career is very self-indulgent. It’s all about me. I’m not a doctor, I’m not looking after people, I’m not saving children. I’m in the entertainment business. I’m a model. I’m an actress. So it is very self-involved. I think there is naturally a point where you think, ‘I don’t care about myself as number one any more.’ I want to care about other things.” Oh, RHW, thinking about the rest of us! [Celebrity Gossip]
“I think it’s great that these girls are taking action. I don’t know, however, that Photoshop makes a huge difference with the kind of models they use, or that there aren’t other parts of the magazine that contribute to the same issue. I’m sure most people don’t think as obsessively about stuff like the wording of a headline as I do, but the effects of headlines under the “health” section about your back-to-school body are still there. It took me a little bit once middle school started to realize that if I didn’t read Seventeen, I didn’t feel obligated to watch what I eat. Language is powerful, along with photos. … [T]t’s not just about Photoshop — all kinds of components of a magazine help contribute to the feelings that might leave a reader with a negative body image.”
– Racked called up Tavi Gevinson of Rookie Mag to chat about Seventeen and how the mag’s website has seemingly stole Rookie’s “Ask A Grown Man” idea with a not-even-trying-to-be-different feature, “Ask An A-Lister.” Tavi ended up talking about Seventeen‘s recent pledge, following a petition with 84,000 signatures, to stop using Photoshop. (Teen Vogue followed suit soon after.) I’m somewhat less cynical than Tavi about Seventeen‘s Body Peace Treaty, but I also think she makes a fantastic point that images are only part of the problem. Language matters, too, and the way that magazines and other media outlets tell stories pertaining to women/girls and body image are equally important. Elsewhere in the interview Tavi says, “ Sometimes [Seventeen's] ‘embarrassing’ stories are literally about boys finding out that you have your period. I’m just tired of stigmatizing totally normal body stuff like that, which is already a little scary and weird to some girls.” Co-sign times 1000! [Racked]
Young models, like in Seventeen magazine, are not the only females getting digitally enhanced and fully photoshopped to unrealistic proportions these days. Throughout many famous paintings of the Goddess of Love and Beauty, Venus has been slenderized and boob-ified in Anna Utopia Giordano’s showcase, titled “Venus.”
An Italian artist, Giordano took some of the most famous paintings of the nudey lady and stripped her down to fit the vicious 21st century beauty standards that pour through magazine pages everyday. Curvaceous thighs and fuller tummies were tucked, and all breasts were given implants. All of them. (See the “after” version of Botticelli’s painting after the jump.) Keep reading »