Yesterday my friend poet Mary Manuel placed a neat video as a comment on one of my Zoomer's photos. She knows how much I love to create with photoshop and decided it would be appropriate. The video at the very bottom is a fantasy piece on how a woman can look better in real life using a Photoshop program. We both agreed that if anyone could invent this as a reality for women they would make more money than the late Steve Jobs.
I honestly don’t know why they bother using models on magazine covers anymore as they are not representing real women. Who are these people who determine that cover girls are not skinny or flawless enough? All this cropping and chopping is creating eating disorders to those who want to emulate their cover favourites. It is illegal for athletes to take steroids so the same rule should apply to those who create the illusions on these covers.
The photo of Drew Barrymore on InStyle magazine looks like someone threw Celine Dion and Barrymore in a blender. Britney Spears' head in the first picture is the only thing that belongs to her- her body is from parts unknown. In pharmaceutical ads commercials have to state the side effects by law so I think the same should apply to magazine covers. The warning should state:
“Please note that the pixels in this photograph have been badly punished! Do not attempt at home!"
I do believe that the only magazine that does not photoshop their photos is National Geographic. Can you imagine what photoshopped wildlife would look like with skinny hips and protruding lips? Last year it was disclosed that very few of the actors in the film "300" owned those stately slabs of abs. Most of the actor’s "body effects" were created by airbrushing and photoshop.
All this behaviour is similar to Rod Sterling’s Twilight episode called, “Number 12 Looks Just like You” where the government made everyone look the same. Is this what the media wants the current and future population to look like? I wish I could photoshop off some of my hips but I can’t, so they should not be able to either. I most certainly do not want to look like Drew Barrymore in that InStyle picture because frankly I think she looks more like Eric Roberts than Celine Dion.
What message do these covers send out and why do we buy them? That's the question ladies!
Linda Does Linda!
Untouched pixels- with gray hair patch.
One Stop Photo Fix/Adjusted/Noise Reduced- and the gray hair patch remains.
Edge Preserving, Skin Smoothing, Light Scratch Removal, 'Thinnify' and a bad airbrush tan - and the gray hair patch remains.
Do not tell me you have never seen women with an airbrushed tan like this! Does it come off on their sheets or their partner during an intimate moment?
My favourite-Photo Effects- Time Machine- 1960's Effects. It's me in black and white and the gray hair patch remains and no one sees it!
Thanks Mary for the idea!! Poet Mary Manuel can be read here
Photoshop Video- A must see!