I hope I didn’t ruin Barbie too much for you in my last post. Now I’d like to talk about another unrealistic side of the media…Photoshop. As if seeing all these beautiful people through media isn’t bad enough, Photoshop has created ways to digitally enhance what we see, making it even less attainable. The sad truth is that almost every picture in magazines is changed in one way or another. Dove, a leading organization in attempting to fix the way beauty is perceived, created a video to show just how much Photoshop can change any photo. As you can see, the difference is astonishing! Now, you not only have skinny beautiful woman represented in all of the ads, but come to find out, as you saw in the video, they don’t even look like that in real life. People are striving to become something that doesn’t exist.
One eight grader named Julia Bluhm decided she’d had enough of this and created an online petition which received over 80,000 signatures from around the world (Hu)! In response to that petition, Seventeen magazine pledged not to digitally alter body sizes or face shapes of young women featured in its editorial pages (Hu).
Julia Bluhm isn’t the only one taking a stand against Photoshop. Recently, Jessica Simpson launched a “Beautiful Me” program which encourages young women to be happy with who they are (“Jessica Simpson Without Makeup or Photoshop”). She also appeared on the cover of Marie Claire with no makeup or any use of Photoshop in the editing stage. She still looks beautiful, but this is a great step to reminding people that celebrities have flaws too and aren’t perfect. In the next post I would like to talk about how some Photoshop accidents actually resulted in a positive outcome.
Dove: Evolution. Youtube.com. N.p., 2 May 2011. Web. 29 Nov. 2013.
Hu, Elise. “‘Seventeen’ Magazine Takes No-Photoshop Pledge After 8th-Grader’s Campaign.” Npr.org. N.p., 5 July 2012. Web. 29 Nov. 2013.
“Jessica Simpson Without Makeup or Photoshop.” Mix1065fm.cbslocal.com. N.p., 8 Apr. 2010. Web. 29 Nov. 2013.