It’s certainly no secret that photos of females are normally airbrushed in magazines, with their waists and thighs digitally slimmed, their breasts enlarged, and all of their skin imperfections erased.
Some of these celebrities are nearly unrecognizable in the “after” pictures. Do you like seeing your favorite celebs near-perfect or would you prefer to see them as they really appear?
Australian model Miranda Kerr recently posted a backstage photo of herself with Victoria’s Secret Angels Doutzen Kroes and Alessandra Ambrosio on her Instagram page on Nov. 13, when VS filmed their annual fashion show.
Miranda wished the ladies good luck with this year’s performance, but was soon criticized by fans that noticed Kerr’s already small waist was digitally slimmed down. Doutzen and Alessandra’s waists were left untouched.
Kerr later deleted the pic that started the photoshop debate, posting the original, writing, “Hi guys, here is the original VS image! When I re-posted the photo this week to support the girls I screen grabbed it off the internet when I was working in Japan. I had no idea it was photoshopped. All good intentions- sorry for the confusion and congratulations to the girls for such a great show! ❤”
Lady Gaga struck a pose for Vogue’s September issue last year, wearing a body-con gown. It certainly appears that Mama Monster was given the airbrush treatment. The publication gave the singer a slimmer waist and even slimmed down her jawline.
This month Lady Gaga covered Glamour magazine, slamming her own photo saying they made her look “too perfect”.
Britney Spears has worked hard on her body this past year, gearing up for her Las Vegas residency. Spears looked great in her sexy music video for “Work, Bit*h”, but it appears she was given the photoshop treatment.
HOAX Films recently released the unaltered images of the 3pop star in still shots taken from the music video. The “before” images show Spears with a thicker waist, arms and thighs. The after images used in the final cut look very different.
Johnny Depp’s lady friend Amber Heard is already thin, but was apparently digitally “slenderized” on the cover of Women’s Health Magazine. The publication denied that Heard’s body had been digitally altered, but the photos speak for themselves.
Kim Kardashian caused controversy when she posed for Complex magazine years ago and the untouched version was accidentally published on their website.
The reality star hit back at critics and their comments, stating, “So what: I have a little cellulite. What curvy girl doesn’t!? How many people do you think are photoshopped? It happens all the time! I’m proud of my body and my curves and this picture coming out is probably helpful for everyone to see that just because I am on the cover of a magazine doesn’t mean I’m perfect.”
Faith Hill is naturally stunning, but she wasn’t quite perfect enough for the cover of Redbook magazine. The country singer was digitally altered, something her fans weren’t very happy about! Faith appears to have a much thinner arm and her wrinkles are smooth and her slight back fat was gone.
Eva Mendes was also photoshopped, with her undereye bags magically erased on Cosmopolitan.
The big question is do you want to see your favorite celebrities looking close to perfection? Isn’t that part of what makes us find them interesting? They appear so glamorous.
But these “perfect” photos that were photoshopped may have a negative impact on how young girls and women feel about themselves. It’s important to remind ourselves that things aren’t as they appear. These Hollywood starlets have their own imperfections and insecurities.
A model recently decided to speak out against pressure on feeling we need to look perfect. The model, Sally Gifford Piper, did a video called “Body Evolution” that shows her being made into a nearly perfect version of herself. Very interesting!