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Photoshop 101: Even Models Have Flaws

Nov 30 2005 / Wednesday

A model before and after being retouched using Photoshop

Have you ever flipped through a magazine and felt hopelessly fat and ugly? If you haven’t had that experience at least once, you’re either exceptionally self confident or you have a Y chromosome.

Part of the problem might be that you think you’re looking at something real. Huh, you might ask? Look through the pages of any fashion magazine and you’ll see photos that have been subtly, and oftentimes even radically, altered. Blemishes have been eliminated, teeth and eyes have been whitened, legs have been lengthened, wrinkles have been smoothed out, breasts have been made larger, thighs and hips have been trimmed…the list goes on and on. In short, if you think the images of models and celebrities that you see in magazines, on billboards and posters are the real deal, you’re really wrong.

Jessica Alba recently admitted to Access Hollywood that the poster for her movie “Into the Blue” was retouched, saying “They enhanced it,” pointing to her chest. “They always do it.” She went on to say, “It's a movie poster. It's all pretend. It's all airbrushed.”

Got that? It’s not real. To prove our point, check out these photographs of a model before and after being retouched using Photoshop. Pretty eye-opening, isn’t it?

So the next time you’re looking through a magazine and feel like you don’t measure up, take a deep breath and repeat the Jessica Alba mantra: “It's all pretend. It's all airbrushed.”

Doesn’t that feel better?

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