Thursday, August 20, 2009

The wonders of photoshop and our distorted society.

I just found this video on youtube tonight, care of a friend. I thought many of you would find it interesting. Particularly interesting is that this woman had a beautiful body to begin with.

8 comments:

Casey said...

In an odd sort of way, it makes me wonder what I would look like "touched up".

What amazed me wasn't that 99.9% of magazine photos are touched up, but that it was far less a few years ago. Has the magazine industry really changed that much?

Blake said...

Dr. F,

This video was really informative, and I will admit I get a little upset when I have female athletes who say they wish they looked like so and so on the cover of this or that magazine. More interestingly, I thought, was another video by the same author about a 4-year old mcdonalds happy meal. maybe you've seen it?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IGtDPG4UfI

I'm glad my parents used to bring me to Mickey D's to cheer me up when I was younger..(sarcasm) Oh well, I know better to avoid it now.

keep up the good work

Linda said...

WOW! thanks for sharing. I think EVERY woman needs to see that. Are we chasing the unrealistic?

Roland said...

This is good to know, but sad.

At least if this gets out there, it shows people that even those with "perfect" bodies get the touch ups. That woman's whole job and lifestyle is fitness oriented and it showed, yet she still would have been touched up for a magazine.

We can be as good as we can be and it's still not good enough for the magazine elite? Let's hope for some backlash...

Jessica said...

did you see lizzi miller? the "plus size" model posing nude in glamour mag. her statement and what she represents is so awesome. here's a link to her story: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32538061/ns/today-today_fashion_and_beauty/

theevagabond said...

I do not think there should be a law against retouching of photos, to me that is out of the perspective of government. However, men and women should come together like this blog post has done to make the issue visible. We as individuals and people should not tolerate dishonesty and false images as gods.

Simon said...

I thought it was a pretty well known fact too, maybe not. Personally if I was a celebrity I wouldn't want an unrealistic image of me being released, it would make me a liar and deceiver of sorts.

And also, damn! That woman was hot as! As I'm sure any guy would tell you. Not many guys would nitpick at her flaws if they saw her in a magazine, I can't speak for girls though? Maybe they would? I can't imagine so though.

I guess that isn't the point though, as pretty much everybody could look a bit better, nobody is perfect. But alot of the celebrities whose photos get touched up probably look alot worse than her beforehand, so it probably makes a bigger difference for them.

google_account said...

I've always been a fan of plus-size models! There's a great site with many images of plus-size models here:

http://www.judgmentofparis.com/

They're all gorgeous. The site's forum also has thought-provoking discussions about body image and the media.