Celebrity Photo-shopping

on May 11, 2011 @ 05:17 pm

I found this video today on youtube. It's old news as we all know by now how touched up celebrity/media pictures are thanks to the Dove campaign. But I don't think I realized the full extent of the photo-shopping that is done and especially that celebrities will pay someone to do it. Almost like a personal photo-shopper!

The question this video raises is if photo shopping should be banned or a disclaimer added to pictures that have been touched up. Your thoughts?
Also, what are your thoughts on how these images impact not only young girls but women of all ages?

11 Replies

Responsibility on May 12, 2011 @ 10:53 am

We're all responsible for ourselves, and each of us makeup what society is today, but those in the public light are responsible to an even greater degree. They have a greater population who watch them that they can influence. When a celebrity wears a half torn jeans, that becomes style, when they wear ugly boots in summer, suddenly everyone wants one. They're in a position of influence, and that's a privilege, not a right. They need to use that power to promote good and make a positive turn about in the world. I just have such a huge problem with how celebrities and magazines allow the promotion of body image problems, when they're really in an awesome position to make such a difference in the world.

It's one thing to know about photo retouching and photoshop, but it's another thing to really know it. This is a huge abuse of technology, and I wish that if the celebrities can't be mature enough to be a positive influence in society, then at least the magazines can have more integrity and not publish retouched photos. If if they do THE VERY LEAST they can do is put a disclaimer across the picture saying it's retouched. Even that isn't enough in my opinion, it doesn't say what is retouched or how much, so it's not enough. But better than nothing. I thought magazines / news papers and other forms of media build their integrity by telling the truth. How the heck are those pictures anywhere near the truth?? If you look at magazines like Self and Oxygen you'll see "helpful" articles with lots of pictures showing how to do certain exercises to get to certain shape/size. Of course the tutorial pictures are retouched. They're sending the wrong message and losing their trustworthiness.

Technology today is simply stunning, but it's sad when it's abused.

Speaking of stunning, check this out

Amazing technology, but I can see a lot of horrible uses for this too...


annoying... on May 12, 2011 @ 11:17 am

ps. I have quite a few friends now who photoshop their pics before posting them on facebook. I always thought pics were taken to capture the memory of the time, not to liquefy your perceived bulge, blur away any blemishes and make yourself as porcelain perfect as possible.

So. Bloody. Stupid.


wow! on May 12, 2011 @ 11:24 am

That first video was more or less what I expected - though it's still surprising at the same time!

The photoshop video has me drooling for an upgrade :)

confession time on May 12, 2011 @ 11:31 am

I recently photoshopped some undereye bags out of a public photo. Do you forgive? ;)

However, I don't see myself p-shopping out little bulges or other sins.

Amen, sister! on May 12, 2011 @ 11:39 am

@ Becky, I totally agree with you. I think that those constantly in the public eye need to set the best example that they can. Not everyone has the chance to have such a huge impact and that honour should treated in a serious and respectful way.

I was never one to read magazines, except for maybe travelling on a plane and the reason was because every time I did, I'd feel so bad about myself when I was done. I wasn't skinny enough, my hair wasn't styled properly or long/soft enough, my skin wasn't the right complexion, and on the list went. And this is from someone who hasn't really dealt with extreme self-confidence issues.

The video that I posted has 2 parts to it and I can't remember if this is in the first or second video; but once the girl's photo was retouched, she said, "Wow, I'm so much prettier/skinnier in photoshop!" The photographer had to point out that the image now on the screen, even though it's her, is still an unrealistic picture of her.

I can't believe people are even doing it to their Facebook pictures. Crop, ok. Enhance the lighting in a dark picture, fine. But to retouch your blemishes, belly, etc is too far. Is this really what all of this has come to? (And Mamluv, we forgive ;) )

I really enjoy looking at Dove ads because those models look real. They look like every day women and they are lovely. If only other girls could see how lovely they are too.

I had a close friend who's been dealing with an eating disorder for years and I fear she'll never recover. She's down to a dangerous weight. Another girl in our church died just a few months ago as a result of her eating disorder. I understand this is a mental illness but the pressure put on girls from the media is downright absurd and I definitely believe it plays a huge part in the development of such disorders. It makes me wonder what it'll be like when I have my own daughters.

p.s. Becky, that video you posted is insane! I had no idea so much could be done to photos. Really makes you think what's real and what's not.


It's sad that this is true on May 12, 2011 @ 11:40 am

I think everyone in our society knows that photoshop is a common thing to do especially for magazines or anything in the media. It affects everyone no matter how young or old you are. I think it affects men as well, pressuring guys to be ripped and muscular!
The sad thing is that when I look at pictures of good looking people, the first thing that comes to mind is "wow, they're so pretty". Even though I know that it was photoshopped, that fact doesn't tend to come to mind unless I think a little deeper. I think that is the problem. Even though we know photoshop exists, it is not the first thought that will pop into our heads if we see a picture of a good looking person in a bikini. We just automatically focus on how small their waist is, or how young they looks.

Another idea on May 12, 2011 @ 11:47 am

@Tammy- totally! When I see a picture of a celebrity, I have to remind myself that a) they have pros helping them in every step of the way and b) it's also retouched. But that is certainly not the first thing that pops into my mind when I see a picture of Jennifer Aniston.

Here is a topic for further discussion as well; I'm interested in hearing from moms, mom-to-be's, or even those of you who hope to have a daughter one day how you would deal with these issues or how you would hope to enhance her sense of self confidence in a world that's telling you a size 0 is the only way to be skinny, etc.

you know, but do you really know? on May 12, 2011 @ 11:57 am

I agree with you guys. I know those pictures are photoshopped, but you don't really think about it in the moment. When you do think about it, you don't necessarily think that they've been radically re-done so maybe you assume that the tweaks are tiny and that person really is 99% authentically gorgeous. That may also be true, but the point is it would make a difference to me if I knew that for example 50% of the person's picture had had work done to it compared to just 10% here and there.

Knowing the images are adjusted only really goes so far. And it's like you guys said, now everyone who has photoshop is doing it to lots of their pics, so where does this end??

My opinion to your second question... on May 12, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

I do hope to be a mom one day and I would hate to see my daughter fall victim to being pressured to look or act a certain way.

With that being said...when I have a daughter, I would reinforce how wonderful she is and show her the wonders of photoshop at a young age so it would be instilled in her mind that these images are not realistic and doesn't reflect the general population in the world. If I can be persistent and consistent with the message, hopefully whenever she sees a picture the first thing that she will think of is that it's not real. Also, I think it's helpful to point out to my daughter beautiful people who don't fit the stereotype of being beautiful. For example, pointing out a pretty woman even if she may not be a size 0. A child is born with a clean slate so whatever we believe in, we're nurturing the child to think the same way. Since we are role models to them, showing them that we think different types of people are beautiful can help them see it too and grow up to see the world in a different light.

Obviously, it's easier said than done but I would definitely give it a shot :)

education on May 12, 2011 @ 01:21 pm

Since we can't count on the media to tell us the truth, I think schools can make a socio-technology course mandatory from let's say the same grade they start teaching about sexuality. They should start small and basically teach kids to recognize altered images and to photoshop and alter images and videos. That way they know not to take every picture/video they see seriously. Maybe in grade 5 (or whichever grade starts the sex-ed classes) introduce kids to social stigmas, teach them to recognize it and rise above it. Teach them technology and how it's used to control perception. As they get older teach them how to actually use photoshop and other picture and video editing programs so picture rendering isn't the last thing they think about when they see a picture, rather it's the first.

@mamaluv lol!! Totally forgiven :-) & about the upgrade, I know right!? I have CS5 on my macbook, but I've yet to try it. Can't seem to find the time, but am itching to give it a go!

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