Saw this photo today and it totally bummed me out.
We all know about the train reck that is Lindsay Lohan.
At 17 you should be seeing movies every night with your friends and trying not to fail your classes as a result of lack of sleep. If you’re a celeb, then 17 should be spent pursuing your career… not getting plastic surgery. But unfortunately, some of us are disillusioned to believe that we must go to great lengths (even going under the knife) to get that “perfect look”.
I don’t know what perfect is these days (and I’m afraid to type “perfect woman” into Google)… but I can assume that the Internet’s idea of perfect is far from perfection.
It’s easy to forget that photoshop exists. And better yet, that very talented artists exist who can manipulate photos to look the way they want them to. Here are some examples of what designers can do to a photo to make it look like the perfect woman:
Does this all make sense? Women in magazines simply don’t look that way in real life. Our perception of reality is based on tons of photoshopped images – not the real life women (and men) that walk this earth.
If we stood next to Naomi Watts or Madonna we’d be able to see lines in their faces, and bags under their eyes, and saggy skin – but photoshop quickly removes all the features that show that we’ve actually lived a real life.
As a result, 17 year olds are begging for plastic surgery and 8-year olds are getting Botox.
So, I can go to the gym every morning and drink protein shakes and cut out all carbs and candy – but… I’ll never be able to compete with photoshop. Photoshop can erase wrinkles, stretch marks, bags, saggyness – the very things that come with age – the very things that let others know that you’ve lived your life, and you’ve lived it well.
There’s nothing wrong with living a full life, and I’d rather see a bunch of well-used faces/bodies then a bunch of unnaturally smooth ones. I want to know that you’ve been places, and seen things, it makes you more real to me… it shows me that you’re living to your potential – that you truly enjoy your life.
We’re girls, we want to be beautiful… but what defines our beauty? I hope it’s not the photoshopped images you see in magazines – because you’re setting yourself up for failure… the reality is you will never be able to compete with photoshop. I don’t want to strive to look like a digitally re-touched image, I want people to know that I am flawed, but my flaws make me unique… they make me who I really am.
FYI: I think Photoshop is an incredible tool & it has truly revolutionized the way company’s and people can market themselves. I am in no way looking down on, or criticizing, the amazing things that Photoshop can do.