Beauty Havoc

September 8th, 2012

It all began when I saw the image above.

When I first learnt about the full impact of photoshop on the beauty industry I was shocked. I mean, I always realized that pictures were enhanced or changed. I never realized realized the extent to which supermodels, Victoria Secret Angels, and celebrities are enhanced so that they effortlessly flawless.

Jawlines completely changed. Lips enlarged. Eyes made brighter. These super models look exactly like normal woman without photoshop and all the professional makeup on their faces.  The photoshop effect can be seen all over the world. It is used to create images of  models so that they are appear so perfect that they seem super human. Check this out:

My problem with the impact of Photoshop on images of models and celebrities in magazines is that  in fashion magazines it that it is creates  Beauty Havoc.  It refers to the idea that women begin to compare themselves to the airbrushed and photoshoped images seen in magazines and advertisement.

Even I don’t wake up looking like Cindy Crawford. –Cindy Crawford

The problem comes when people believe that these airbrushed and perfected images of women are exactly how the celebrities look in real life as soon as they get up in the morning.

Before I really understood the impact of Photoshop, I did not really understand how manipulated these images were.  The images that are used magazines all over the world are supposed to portray this standard of perfection of that is impossible to obtain.  This directly has an impact on the way that women all over the world view themselves and their bodies.

I honestly feel that it should be legally required for all images to state when Photoshop has been used on any images. I was so furious when I realized how much images are manipulated.

Instead of referring to images in magazines for references to beauty, I’ve looked to the body positivity movement. This movement focuses on the importance of being comfortable in your own skin. It also recognizes the power of our bodies and places more of an emphasis on what are bodies can do for us instead of what they look like. This movement has enabled me to start thinking more about what my body can do instead of what it  looks like and feel grateful for that.  I feel gratitude for the movement that my body allows me to make, the places I can see, the things I can experience, and the people I can meet.

This is an awesome parody about the impact of photoshop. This commercial isn’t real, neither are society’s standards of beauty.

I honestly do believe that beauty can be best judged by passion, confidence, and attitude not by the pictures of a magazine.




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