|Not a pore or blemish to be found!|
|A few of Beyonce's most famous photoshopped images.|
|Such an amazing weight loss seems almost impossible!|
Oh wait. It is impossible. (Image source)
To put the blame where it belongs, I should be clear that these photo edits are often made without the model's knowledge. (PS - Bravo to Kim. When the media started a feeding frenzy over the un-edited photo, Ms. Kardashian replied with: "So what: I have a little cellulite. What curvy girl doesn’t!?")
There are so many examples of photo-editing gone awry that Jezebel.com has a whole "photoshop of horrors" documenting the most egregious cases. Models' waists are trimmed to the point that - if they were real - they'd snap in half in a strong wind storm. Legs are slimmed so that they are thinner than arms (or in some cases, removed completely). Wrinkles vanish. Blemishes are zapped.
And it's not just women. On men, muscles are added. Skin tone is enhanced... Even Brad Pitt is not immune:
|Pitt's legs are narrower than his neck in this denim ad!|
The media is full of these impossible images, so I am never at a loss for fresh content for class.
And just as I was putting together material for this semester, I read The Boring Runner's blog post on his favorite glamour-shot race photos.
So I decided to post one of my most realistic race photos.
Just to set the record straight. This is NOT what I look like after a run:
Not a glamorous photo, to be sure.
In fact, my comment to Hubby was "no way THAT one is going on the blog!"
But it makes me smile. Because I know how hard I worked to get there.
And now that photo is also my electronic middle finger to the photo-editors of the world who think people are "prettier" when they're fake.
Have you seen photoshop horrors?
Do you have any others to share?
Are you proud or embarrassed of your "worst" race photos?