Photoshop your way to perfection

I came across a site recently that shows just how easy it is to make a perfectly attractive girl look like what we’ve come to expect from a cover girl: perfect skin, big boobs, and great hair.  You go here and click on the magazine cover, and can see bit by bit how photoshopping transforms people from what they are to what we think they should be.

I don’t want to see ugly people on fashion and celebrity magazine covers.  I have no desire to live in Harrison Bergeron‘s world.  But I do want to know that what I’m looking at on a cover is more or less real.  Make-up can do great things, and I think that’s fair.  And if the cover model has a giant zit on the day of the shoot, I can understand zapping that out.  But actually digitally enhancing someone’s breasts, or changing their eye color, or making them thinner, is just fraud, plain and simple.  If they can’t recreate the look walking down the street, then it shouldn’t be on the cover.

I really have to hand it to some actresses and models out there who are fighting back against this trend.  Jamie Lee Curtis did the unthinkable some years back and put it all out there in More magazine, showing the world what she looks like without a team of people to glam up her hair and squeeze her muffin top into a tight dress.  “It’s such a fraud. And I’m the one perpetuating it.”

Keira Knightley revealed in an interview a couple years ago how her breasts were enhanced on magazine covers and movie posters.  She was told that her flat chest was a turn off.  She said that she OKd having her boobs blown up for the “King Arthur” posters, claiming she didn’t “give a shit.”  But perhaps she has gained more perspective in the past couple years because she recently refused to have her breasts enhanced for “The Duchess” posters.

I’ll love Tyra Banks forever for fighting back against the people who called her “America’s Next Top Waddle” and “Tyra Porkchop” after unflattering pictures were splashed all over the place of her in a bathing suit.  My weight has gone up and down and all around almost 60lbs in the past 7 years.  And sometimes it seems like other people care about it more than I do.  I like weighing less, and would like to lose about 40 pounds more.  I feel better when I weigh less, and it’s more fun shopping for clothes, and I know The Ass likes me better thinner.  But it’s not as big a deal as the rest of the world makes it out to be.  And the weight didn’t start coming off until I finally started feeling comfortable in my own skin.

Originally posted on Selfish Mom


  1. Cara Robinson says

    Oh my god I could not agree with you more (just ask Kel I bitch about it constantly). I am so tired of hollywood trying to tell us that if we are not absolutley perfect we aren’t worth shit!! If I see one more airbrushed picture of a model who is probably stunning to begin with I’m gonna puke. Good god are we not allowed to have flaws? and I hate to sound cliche but I can’t imagine how this is warping the young minds of teenage girls trying to live up to these standards and whats worse is a lot of men who look at these pictures and magazines are too stupid to realize that people don’t really look like that..even supermodels. ok I’m done ranting I think :)

  2. Tracy says

    I so agree too. We’re made to feel like we’re crap because we’re not size 0.
    Amy, I could really relate to what you said about the weight not coming off until you felt comfortable in your own skin. I’ve felt for so long that a big part of my problem is that I hate myself for being overweight, & if I could just learn to love myself, ok like myself, the way I am, then I could stop eating for emotional reasons, & finally lose the weight. I really love the new show How to Look Good Naked. Carson Kressley really seems to help the women, whatever their body issues are, learn to be comfortable in their own skin, & you can see their transformations. Not just the hair, makeup, & clothes, but in their confidence, the way they carry themselves. It makes me cry every time.

  3. says

    Interesting you would mention How To Look Good Naked, one of my favorite shows. I wrote a companion piece to this one called “Why a skinny gay man is this size 14 woman’s best friend” for the NYC Moms Blog. I’ll post here when it goes up, probably within the next week.

  4. Tracy says

    Cool Amy, I’d love to read it. I love the show, & love Carson. He’s so good @ pointing out what’s good about each woman, & making them realize that the things they think are horrible about themselves aren’t, & that people don’t see them.
    I wanna spend a few days w/ Carson!
    Chefdruck, amazing isn’t it? Her boobs, her stomach, everything. Nothing is real!

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