I’m so sick of being force fed images of bodies that don’t exist! As someone who constantly felt bad about herself from around age 12, I can’t help but think seeing images of a completely unattainable female form had a wee bit of influence on me.
Sure, some people are smaller then others. Some have bigger hips, thinner arms, longer legs, larger breasts but darn it… we are all human. Our skin has flaws, we have dimples and cellulite, we have rolls and stretch marks, moles and freckles. We aren’t meant to look like dolls. And for God’s sake.. we age. Yes… AGE! Wrinkles and age spots are apart of that process.
These women weren’t flawed in the before shots.. they were real! Sure.. touch up the lighting and color. I understand that you have to make the picture look good for print but do you really have to smooth out all wrinkles, elongate body parts, and change waist size? I mean, why bother with a real women at all? Just go all digital.
The few examples I picked out are mild as compared to what’s out there. I chose them because of this fact. We see things everyday that we assume are reality but in fact are edited, yes.. even images in the news. If you want to see what’s possible simply visit a few portfolios like this or this.
On one hand, part of me admires the technical and artistic skill necessary to create these images but on the other I’m tired of living in a world where I have to question everything that I see. Even just an image of a young women on a billboard…
So this week’s question may be a bit rhetorical (I was in a mood, can you tell?) but in a way it’s not. I really want to know if you believe what you see. Do you let it effect how you feel about yourself? Do you go out of your way to educate your children that reality is so easily manipulated?