Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up
Photoshopped Beauty: Yes or No?
avatar
Olivia_WebMD_Staff posted:
Actress Cate Blanchett recently posed for a non-retouched cover shot for Intelligent Life magazine.

In a world where we all compare ourselves to a very unrealistic ideal of beauty, do you find this refreshing?

How do you think the trend of airbrushing and computer retouching of photos in the media and in ads affects how we see ourselves and others?
Reply
 
avatar
rohvannyn responded:
I do find it refreshing. People can be beautiful all on their own, especially if they eat right and take care of their bodies. Adjusting the ideals of what is beautiful can help tremendously too. Photoshop is fun but shouldn't be overused, because folks hold themselves up to to that type of standard and shouldn't need to.
 
avatar
3point14 responded:
I prefer to see air brushing in magazines and ads and stuff. I see enough reality when I leave my house, I buy stuff like Cosmo for entertainment, not to see more of what I see at Wal-Mart.

I don't compare myself to those images because there is no comparison. I do too much in my day to day to be perfectly coiffed and made-up, it isn't my job to look good. I'd never compare a friend of mine to a model, because my friends just aren't models. Not that they're not beautiful, but again, we all have lives to lead that don't include personal trainers, personal chefs, and a manicurist on our staff.
 
avatar
rohvannyn replied to 3point14's response:
Very good point, but people were quite beautiful in magazines etc even before airbrushing etc got popular. I do agree however that even then they had trainers and makeup artists etc etc etc to help them look prettier than the average person. All I'm saying is there are plenty of folks with natural beauty (including the girls gracing our magazine covers) and that all the retouching isn't, to me, completely necessary.
 
avatar
3point14 replied to rohvannyn's response:
You're right, hahaha the people who don't fit traditional "beauty" aren't in the magazines anyway, so it's really just the airbrushing of the already beautiful...how weird.

Then again, I'm also someone who really likes tattoos, piercings, hair dye, all those kinds of things. For me, I find it "beautiful"/"appealling" when something has an element of unreality to it. When I see someone who's unreasonably pretty, almost a caricature of beauty, I definitely notice it more. If the purpose of the media is to sell itself, a product, or the person on the cover of the magazine, that tends to be what makes me part with my money, at least.

I believe that the message that even a gorgeous, healthy-looking, in shape woman needs an airbrush sends a crappy message to the consumer. But that being said, I think more people would be cultivating their own beauty ideal seperate from what media considers "attractive".
 
avatar
3point14 replied to 3point14's response:
  • *would be happier cultivating
  •  
    avatar
    dollbug responded:
    Hello Olivia....MiMi in NC....I am normally on the FM board....but I did want to check in and say something about this...

    Photoshopped is a Hollywood Illusion....anyone can be made "beautiful" on the outside...by photoshopped touches....it is interesting that people sometimes only "see" the outside of a person....which is only part of them to begin with...and as the old saying goes....beauty is in the eye of the beholder....so what a person "sees" it just that....there is much more to a person than their looks....I have always heard...NEVER judge a book by its cover....

    Now...I will also share this with everyone....I have 3 children...all grown now...1 daughter and 2 sons....when my daughter was 13....I sent her to a "beauty school"....for 12 weeks....I drove 2 hours one way and window shopped while she was in this school...learning how to "enhance" herself....she learned how to apply her makeup....which looks very natural, she learned how to do her hair...she learned how to be poised and she transformed into a "little lady".....right in front of me....I was amazed that these people could teach a young girl so much....this was the best money that I have ever spent....she learned how to do the things that young girls should be taught at this age....her education has stayed with her...and she will be 32 years old this year....

    The men and women who go to Hollywood....and those who we see in movies and on run ways....are only people...just like the rest of the world....they have just learned how to apply themselves in a different way....it is a process....just like anything else in the world is...

    I bet we would all be quite shocked to see just how these people look in person....instead of on the screen...

    Interesting topic....


    MiMi


    WebMD Talk Show

    Feel like a friendly debate? Take the gloves off and defend your viewpoint.

    Learn More

    Related News

    There was an error with this newsfeed

    Expert Blog

    Diagnosis: Reality Check

    Putting perspective on health news and names in the spotlight.Read More