It's no secret that the media industry has been using programs like Photoshop to edit and airbrush photos of models and celebrities to make them look perfect. So perfect, in fact, that many times, the models and celebrities themselves don't look anything like their Photoshopped images! I'm going to show you 7 Photoshop examples to improve your body image and remind you that most of what you see in the media isn't real.
In 2010 Britney Spears revealed her pre-Photoshop pictures alongside their digitally enhanced counterparts. I truly give props to Britney for having the guts to do this. It shows how much confidence she has in her body and that she loves her imperfections. These images were taken after Britney had her sons and was working to whip her body back into shape. She looks great! But even still, the media had to make her waist and thighs even smaller. To all the post-maternity Moms out there trying to whip themselves back into shape, don't look to magazines for inspiration.
Eva Longoria is gorgeous but has a boyish figure which some may find unappealing. She is lacking some of the curves that most think make up the "perfect" female image. In these photos she has clearly been given more curves to create a larger butt and smaller waist. Her skinny arms are also airbrushed to not look as bony and her face, eyes, and hair are brightened and saturated. To all you girls that have a slim or boyish figure, don't think you need curves to be gorgeous! Eva Longoria is beautiful with or without her fake Photoshop curves!
So sad to know that this gorgeous actress is no longer with us, but Britney Murphy's close-up photos show what a normal woman's face her age looks like before being Photoshopped. In the digitally enhanced photo, Britney's skin is now smooth, the lines around her eyes and lips are removed, the bags under her eyes are gone, and her hair and eyes have been color saturated. If you ever have those mornings where you look in the mirror and think you looks so worn out, remember that so do all the beautiful celebrities in Hollywood.
This photo is from a Dolce & Gabbana advertisement that featured Madonna. The 54 year old singer is depicted as crying, which never makes anyone look great. But as you can see from the first black and white image, Photoshop can make any crying woman look glamorous. The biggest change from the before and after photos is that Madonna's arm veins are completely gone making her appear younger. For all you older gals out there, don't feel bad about your signs of aging. Everyone goes though it, even famous people.
Ever look at a picture of yourself and comment on how pasty your skin looks? Your not alone. Fortunately for celebrities, they have people who know Photoshop and can give you back the color you've been missing. In the first picture, Megan Fox's skin and hair look drab. In the digitally enhanced photo, she looks anything but!
There was some controversy recently over an anorexia blog calling Kate Upton a cow. Let me first be clear, Kate Upton is no where near being a cow. She is thicker than most models but is still absolutely stunning. In her cover photo for Sports Illustrated however, you would never imagine that she was a thick girl. In the second photo, Kate is walking the runway and you can see a little pudge poking over her bottoms and in her mid-section. We all have this! It's nothing to be ashamed of. Problem is, something like that would never make it to the cover of Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition.
A lot of people view tattoos as being ugly or unattractive. Often tattoos are Photoshopped right off of a model after the photos are shot. Kat Von D however is covered with tattoos so much so that she wears a ton of concealer in order to hide them during photoshoots. The end result shows a photo of Kat Von D without tattoos. Not to mention it looks like they shrunk her waist a bit too because why not? Embrace your tattoos! Even if they are old and you've grown to not like them anymore. As long as they aren't of an ex-lover's name, view them as a remembrance of that time in your life that made you who you are now.
I know that when you're feeling down about yourself it's hard to not wish you looked like the girls you see in magazines. But in reality, even the girls you see in magazines wish they looked like their Photoshopped doppelgängers! No one will ever be perfect and looking at before and afters of Photoshopped pictures will help boost your esteem and improve your body image! What celebrity do you think needs the most Photoshop?
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