Who IS that girl? Time-lapse video shows the radical effect of Photoshop on a model’s body

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!

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By  Tamara Abraham

A shocking new time-lapse video has  demonstrated just how dramatically a woman’s body can be transformed by digital  retouching.

The 36-second clip, created by GlobalDemocracy.com, shows a relatively average-looking girl  turned into a bombshell glamor model with the help of a hair and make-up artist  and of course, Photoshop.

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.

Before: 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 herBefore: 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

After: The previously average-looking girl is turned into a bombshell glamor model with the help of a hair and make-up artist and of course, PhotoshopAfter: The previously average-looking girl is turned  into a bombshell glamor model with the help of a hair and make-up artist and of  course, Photoshop

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 Transformed: A make-up artist worked her magic before  teasing the model’s flat blonde bob into glossy curls and adding a hairpiece.  Then with Photoshop, her complexion was smoothed and given a doll-like sheen.  Her eyes were made wider, her nose slimmer and her lips fuller

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.

PhotoshopSetting up: The model is seen getting into position at  the start of the shoot, with the make-up artist, photographer and assistant on  standby. Once can see that the model’s body, while slender, is not that of a  supermodel

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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

All-over cover: Body foundation helps conceal any imperfections in the model's skin on her torso and legsAll-over cover: Body foundation helps conceal any  imperfections in the model’s skin on her torso and legs (the hairpiece has been  removed, but gets replaced moments later)

Click! The studio lights are turned up, focus is sharpened on the model, and the photographer takes his snapClick! The studio lights are turned up, focus is  sharpened on the model, and the photographer takes his snap

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.’

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 From hairbrush to airbrush: The model with no make-up  (left) and with make-up (right), just as the photo retoucher begins smoothing  the surface of the skin…
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 …The lips are defined and plumped, and the eyes are  made larger (left). The model’s finished face (right)

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.’

After: The previously average-looking girl is turned into a bombshell glamor model with the help of a hair and make-up artist and of course, PhotoshopVoila! Our girl looks nothing like the woman who first  appeared on set proving just how much work goes into a magazine ad campaign or  fashion shoot

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.

For more information, visit GlobalDemocracy.com

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