Now I must confess I have had my own share of air brushed pictures. Virtually all my portraits have every pimple and blackhead removed and uneven skin tones nicely evened out, thank you very much. I have never had the benefit of being professionally made up nor needed to have my body artificially altered to appear slimmer tho so I guess I can remain seated on my high horse!
That said, the example below is not only remarkably extreme but also exceedingly unnecessary. The model. to me, is as beautiful in the “before” shots as she is in the “after” (though I observed she goes out of her way to look particularly tired and dull in the latter, her hair and make up aren’t done and she has a slight slouch to her shoulders, nuffin a bright smile and a chin up could not have fixed nicely!)
I do however, thank God for the ingenuity of those who have opted to reveal the secrets behind these supreme paragons of beauty we are daily bombarded with in magazines and on the internet. Never again will I feel unduly unhappy about my stretch marks, cellulite, uneven teeth and slightly knocked knees!
A shocking new time-lapse video has demonstrated just how dramatically a woman’s body can be transformed by digital retouching.
The video begins with a shot of the make-up-free woman – clad in just a red bikini brief – lying on her stomach, leaning on her forearms with her legs raised and crossed behind her.
First, the studio’s lighting is adjusted, making her look instantly slimmer. A make-up artist then works her magic with foundation, concealer, lipgloss and lashings of mascara, before teasing the model’s flat blonde bob into glossy curls and adding a hairpiece to give the illusion of longer locks.
At this point, the photo is taken, but photographer is not done. Revealing just what happens after the model leaves the studio and the make-up artist has gone home, the video goes on to speed through digital enhancements to the model’s face and body.
In the click of a mouse, the model’s complexion is smoothed and given a doll-like sheen. Her eyes are made wider, her nose slimmer and her lips fuller.
Cosmetic enhancement: Concealer, foundation, lipgloss and lashings of mascara add definition to the model’s face, before her flat bob is teased into curls, and a hairpiece is fitted to give length to her locks
The retoucher then goes on to raise the shoulder, lengthening the entire upper arm.
They then radically slim the stomach, giving the illusion of larger breasts which sit proud rather than relaxed as gravity would normally dictate.
The legs are also made significantly longer, and the calves are narrowed. The model’s neck, too, is lengthened and narrowed.
The skin on the body is brightened, giving it a reflective sheen and once again, as a finishing touch, the backside and thighs are slimmed.
The result is that the model in the finished photo bears absolutely no resemblance to the woman who sat for the photographer.
The video adds fuel to an ongoing debate surrounding airbrushed models and how they can set unrealistic examples to impressionable young girls.
Last year, a group of teenage girls staged a protest outside Teen Vogue’s offices, demanding that the fashion magazine publicly commit to using ‘Photoshop-free, diverse images of real girls.’
And in late 2011, a couple launched a campaign to pass a bill that would require commercials and magazine spreads to be accompanied by disclaimers if models have been significantly airbrushed or Photoshopped.
But an anonymous digital retouched told Buzzfeed that her work ‘is really about creating a beautiful image that shows the product in the best light…’
‘If you look at something and the model’s got dark kneecaps with dry skin, your eyes are going to go straight to the knees instead of whatever it is they’re modeling. ‘Or maybe there’s something in the background you have to take out just to make it less distracting.’
And Victoria’s Secret Angel Erin Heatherton argues that schools and parents should be responsible for teaching young girls about body image, and that Photoshop helps make ‘things look beautiful.’
‘Healthy body image is not something that you’re going to learn from fashion magazines… retouching is an essential part of our job,’ she told Fashionista.com.
‘We’re not selling reality; we’re selling a story. It’s all about creating this fantasy.
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