Oct 8, 2007

A Little Photoshop Never Hurt Anyone, Right?

We all know that the covers of MANY magazines are photoshopped. The most recent are blatant example is probably Faith Hill's RedBook cover. Now one of my favorite magazines, Self, is claiming that they retouch their photo's to make their models appear heavier and healthier!

“Retouching should be like wearing light makeup, not to the point where you can’t recognize the girl anymore,” says Self art director Petra Kobayashi. “We retouch to make the models look bigger, healthier.”

Ok, is it me or is this totally contradicting what this magazine claims to believe in? Self promotes a healthy body image, achieved through a healthy diet and exercise. Why can't they just get a model or an athlete that eats and works out? Is it really necessary to get a celebrity who is unrealistically skinny to sell magazines claiming that the celebrity lives a healthy lifestyle when it's all just a bunch of hogwash!? I never believe the workouts or the diets these magazines report, but tI did believe the pictures were real. The media is really turning me into a pessimist these days.

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