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Retouched Faces and Figures Have Become the Norm

When you look these images, can you see the ‘before’, or only the ‘after’?

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Videos showing how images typically get retouched:

And Before & After celebrity Photoshop retouching examples:

Retouched Faces and Figures Have Become the Norm

Retouched Faces and Figures Have Become the Norm

Retouched Faces and Figures Have Become the Norm

Retouched Faces and Figures Have Become the Norm

Retouched Faces and Figures Have Become the Norm

Retouched Faces and Figures Have Become the Norm

Retouched Faces and Figures Have Become the Norm

What are your thoughts on this? Do you compare yourself to images you see? 

Let us know in the comments below!

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Reader Discussion: 20 Comments

  1. Hannah

    I found it ironic that with the spice girls and even other female empowerment groups, the topic was girl power and feminism and the vast majority of women buying their magazines or their albums had no idea the photos were digitally enhanced. Girl power! Is a slogan yet it’s often used for magazines where the women don’t know the photos are photoshopped. Now that women know the truth, many companies like Dove and American Eagle are using not attractive but photoshopped models.

  2. Sara Grey

    To be honest? I don’t mind retouching for printed work. All I’m against is the blatant denial that retouches have been made! Like seriously? make-up can go a long way but literally removing pores and wrinkles from every part of your body is just dumb. You’re like a cartoon character and yet you deny that retouches are made.

  3. I really love this, thank you for sharing it, so we can have a different perception of things in reality, specially women.
    We are forced to look amazing every single minute.
    Thank you

  4. Melani Kalev

    “No wonder our perception of beauty is distorted.” So true. There’s a retouching that you can see right away (e.g. Madonna’s picture, no real person glows like this, we’re not in The Lord of the Rings here) but the pictures on the covers of the magazines and the ads can often times be very true to life. Although, they are far from it…

  5. Sometimes it feels like the model in “our” photo shoot is no longer us…I would have to admit that “being retouched” challenges me a lot…

  6. A model speaking about the “wonders” that Photoshop creates is truly amazing 🙂 Well, I can only admit that I admire you, at least for “indirectly” admitting that even models like you are not perfect 🙂

  7. Joanne Samonte

    WOW! The video embed is truly amazing! It summarizes the “secret” of photoshop! This is an eye opener for us. The concept of “perfect” does not really exist especially when talking about models.

  8. Jen Garcia

    This is really a fascinating article and I appreciate the video embed! Indeed, Photoshop does wonders as well as “lies.” I believe one of the hardest thing to do (nowadays) is to appreciate and love own bodies and how they “naturally” look at pictures (and videos). This article serves as an eye opener for everyone that “perfect body and perfect look” don’t really exist.

  9. Working in publishing (I work at Marie Claire), I see this routinely. I wish the industry would change, but every time a magazine publishes a cover that doesn’t look perfect and glamorous, sales dip, unfortunately. As readers, we have to buy the issues when magazines try out less Photoshop. That’s the only way things will change.

  10. As a model, I can say that this is definitely true. Sometimes I hardly recognize my body after it’s been retouched. I *wish* I looked like that in real life!

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