Photoshop Magic: Understanding Why Models Look So Perfect
Models and celebrities are photoshopped. This is nothing new to anyone who looks at magazines or has spent much of their teenage years ogling over their gorgeous perfect-looking idols. Though people are definitely aware of the illusions of photoshopping, many aren’t familiar with the full extent of how photos are manipulated to make us believe celebrities are actually somehow flawlessly beautiful beings despite the busy schedules of their private lives and work demands. We shouldn’t let them fool us! Our fashion icons, models, and celebrities are not as perfect as we believe.
Photoshop is a truly magical software creation. For years it has enabled the fashion and media industries to remove all signs of imperfection from their stars and trick the rest of us into feeling overweight, unglamorous, and unattractive. It’s not just the airbrushing to remove a blemish on the cheeks either. Photoshopping goes way further in deceiving us. And as mindful fashionistas, we should be aware of whats really going on behind the perfect photos we look at, because there are a great many ways a photo can be changed.
Image editing is done everywhere, even in top designer brands like Ralph Lauren. Somehow the company thought it would be prudent and fashionable to Photoshop gorgeously healthy looking model Filipa Hamilton into an out-of-proportion stick figure. The backlash from the ad caused a slight PR problem for the company, but then their subsequent actions exacerbated the situation into an actual media disaster. They fired Filipa Hamilton, who has been working for them since she was 15, and tried to sue the blogs who first picked up on the photoshopping mishap. Ralph Lauren even told Hamiltons agency that the reason for her termination was that she had gotten too fat.
Cases of blatant photoshopping rarely get this much public attention. We’ve sort of accepted the fact that images are retouched, forgetting that some people just may take these corrupted images as real, and let it affect their body image. Some girls who look at these ads may just think normal women are supposed to look like sticks. However, we can be easily tricked since other instances of form-changing photoshopping are definitely not as noticeable.
Celebrities are often slimmed down in photos, even when it is unnecessary. Kim Kardashian looks completely normal with wider hips, yet some editor thought it’d behoove her to have smaller thighs. When done correctly though, normal people like us wouldnt notice the difference. We’d just think our celebrities were actually so fit and perfect. Eating healthy nutritious foods will give your natural body shape, which is perfect as is. Photoshopping tricks us into thinking otherwise.
Photoshopping can not only completely change body form, it is also highly useful in smoothing away blemishes, wrinkles, and lines of body fat from photos. Celebrities aren’t as glossy as they look in pictures. The next time you’re wondering how that 40-something actress manages to maintain that teenage youthful glow of soft silky skin, jump to skillful photoshopping as your first explanation. It’s truly not because they have some magical oil thats unavailable to the rest of us.
Everybody ages. Everyones body has imperfections. Photoshop can edit all these away to make us look gorgeously glamorous. Regardless of whether a celebrity is actually hitting middle age, wrinkles can form on anybody at any time. Photoshop smooths away these crags to present us with a false image of ethereal perfection that simply doesn’t exist in the real world.
Its easy to idolize our favorite celebrities they are somehow able to take care of their children, satisfy their husbands or wives, maintain super stardom, and on top of all that, look stunningly gorgeous all at the same time. They seem like super-people and make us wonder what were doing wrong in our lives that we can’t achieve the same feats. In this case it’s time to take a good look at reality: celebrities have money which means they hire help, which means they get all the best of the best products, and because they are celebrities, they have teams of people whose sole job is to edit out the imperfections in their photos.
Yes, that’s right. Professional photoshoppers are actually hired for the sole task of searching the Internet and finding photos of their clients, and not just the ones during legitimate photo shoots. They can be photos people take off the street or in candid moments. The edited photos are then re-uploaded to the Internet so that searchers see them instead of the real ones. It’s the perfect way to make people believe celebrities actually look as good as they seem.
Sometimes it’s just the lighting that image editors want to change. However, as women we know exactly how important lighting is to make us look good. Image editors know this almost all too well. They can easily use photoshop to change the brightness and tone of a photograph to be most flattering to a celebrity’s palette. These photos are such artificial lighting simply arent real people do not walk around with a effervescent glow on their skin or in their hair. People are not angels, alas.
Photoshop can also change a persons skin tone. There have been many little scandals about how many celebrities have been photoshopped to have a skin tone that is clearly lighter than their natural one. This is pretty insulting, because it basically sends the message that our natural skin color isn’t glamorous or beautiful enough to be on a major magazine cover.
Photoshopping doesn’t only change an images properties, it also alters the way we look and affects the way people perceive us. For celebrities, often role models for millions, this has deceptive consequences. We should take everything we see with at least a tiny grain of salt.
There is no limit to what image editing software can do. As fashionistas as the modern age, we’ve got to be aware of just how tricky technology can be. Don’t get us wrong, technology does wonders for us in many ways, but we must always be aware of reality. These touched-up photos shouldnt set the standard. They are illusions. Being healthy is the goal, not trying to attain the falsity of perfection.
Read our second article about photoshop here.