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Watch What Happens When Ordinary Women Turn into Cover Models

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How would you react to a PhotoShopped version of yourself? Watch what happens as four ordinary women get transformed into models. (Their reactions to the experiment will really make you think!)
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  • This should be shown in elementary schools so young minds don't look at a magazine and hope to become something unnatural. - 9/28/2014 10:14:50 AM
  • It doesn't have to be "natural" to feel awkward or critical of our bodies! - 9/10/2014 6:01:29 AM
  • I understand what the women were trying to say, but I think we, as a society, need to change so much of these ideals. I mean The last statement of "perfection doesn't exist" in particular states an ideal that perfection is in the magazines. That IS NOT perfection; that is FAKE! We need to see the beauty that each person has and celebrate that. Beauty comes in many sizes, shapes, colors and includes many options. We should not be looking for perfection; we should be looking for healthy, inside and out. We, as a society, should be demanding that the fashion industry use models that are in healthy weight ranges. They should be different heights and various colors. I want to see pictures of REAL, non-photoshopped people, with normal BMIs. They can wear makeup, just not the overdone pancake mess. I'd love to see them be various ages too. - 8/14/2014 7:46:33 PM
  • As a photographer I can tell you, those lights, the reflectors, the cake makeup ... everything that's used to make models look good, even before processing the photograph in photoshop, takes it's toll on these womens' skin. I wouldn't do this. I'm not only more comfortable, but more confident behind the camera, knowing that I'm creating something, and not just eye candy for the world to look at.

    Has my appearance bothered me in the past? Yes! It still does, especially when my husband or I are called on to do something more provocative and I see that these bodies are so close to perfect, and mine, with its stretch marks and c-section scars will never be. I have to keep reminding myself that when their beauty fades, in many (not all) cases,very little else remains. Where we, on the other hand have substance. We are not just our bodies, we are our children, our husbands, our careers, everything we put forth into the world. - 8/14/2014 11:28:58 AM
  • I'm a photographer, I don't shoot portraits but I do know photoshop well, friends are ALWAYS asking me to retouch them. I hate it!
    A little color correction and removing any sine on the face looks good to me, I may soften (not delete) deeper lines if the lighting is unflattering. When I do a photo like that the person still looks like themselves.... it always get kicked back to me for more, then more and a little more. If someone thinks they look old or fat in a photo they are annoyed with me, because they know I can do a barbie doll make over. But when I look at photos of the people I love I want to see the person I love not 3 hours of my own work.
    When you have photos of yourself done be very clear with the photographer how much (if any) retouching you want. Let them know you love your freckles and those laugh lines are full of wonderful memories you'd rather not have erased!
    And please, I beg of you, when you pick up your pictures and it does look like you don't scream at us for not taking 20 years and 40 pounds off. Your family knows what you look like and really do you want an unnerving Dorian Gray moment when they open the Christmas cards? - 7/26/2014 1:18:37 PM
  • I do not promote airbrushing. My skin is next to flawless always have been that way. I do not see anything wrong IF one wants to gushzzz up what you have got. I do not let society say how I should look. I make my own styles. I am am an individual. - 7/22/2014 6:17:22 PM
  • Here's another idea I'm having trouble internalizing. Even if I could reach my High School weight of 122 pounds, I'll never be able to look like an 18 yr old again. Time and gravity take their toll. I could work out for hours every day (not that I'd have that kind of time), but no one will ever mistake me for a young hottie again. - 2/27/2014 2:14:28 PM
  • Before there was Photoshop there were air brushes. I graduated from high school in the 1960's and the photographer air brushed out my freckles for my senior photo. Like one of the women in the video, I am proud of my freckles; they are a part of what makes me ME. I looked at my senior picture and cried. It wasn't me looking back from the photo. I guess that's when I learned that who I am is what is inside of me and cannot be taken away, rather than what is on the outside. - 2/21/2014 9:37:58 PM
  • SNKRDUDLZ
    It was the most amazing to me after watching this, how much more these already beautiful women became beautiful in their natural state to me after seeing them in their "photo shopped" state. Even without all the make-up and hair and glamor ans way before they were chopped and cropped, they were magnificent! Rock what you have girls!!!! - 2/20/2014 9:42:48 PM
  • For all the women out there who DON'T look like they've been photoshopped.

    Smart men look at those photos, regardless of the magazine, look around and realize they've NEVER seen a real woman who looked like that.

    Guys who believe all of those models and "Stars" who have been under the lights with a makeup artist, or who have been "airbrushed" or "photoshopped" probably still believe in Santa Claus and the tooth fairy.

    Yes, normal guys will drool over this "ideal women", but since we aren't the ideal male (no six-pack, no "chiseled" square jaw, skin that isn't perfect like those ad guys, biceps that don't bulge), we'd have to be totally hypocritical in demanding our girlfriends or spouses looked like that.

    Yes, there are a lot of men who are like that - but there are a lot of others who have grown up and found THEIR ideal woman is healthy, smart, funny loving and supportive.

    I've been married to the same beautiful lady for over 42 years - the original and only spouse I've had. At 67, "I" don't look like I did when we got married. I'll never tell her she doesn't look like that because she is smart enough to know that she is no longer 25, either. As far as I'm concerned, she has gotten more beautiful every year of our marriage.

    I've been a member of Spark since before it had this format. I've stayed because I have physical issues I face, but I've also stayed to be on Teams where the most marvelous women (smart, funny, etc.) of all races and body types can show off their mental "personhood". As a founding member and former leader of Dealing With Depression, I can't begin to tell you how many healthy looking women were desperately trying to get to look like one of those airbrushed, photoshopped creatures. 5"5" and 145 pounds? I don't give a rip what the BMI says. YOU are healthy looking and would be healthy looking (my opinion, naturally) at 160 pounds.

    One piece of advice, never put your boyfriend or spouse on the spot by asking, "Honey, do these pants make my butt look big?" We know you're not going to believe us anyway,... - 2/20/2014 7:01:55 PM
  • one thing as per the photoshop is that if you will note that they always lighten the skin and I wonder why? peeps these days spend so much money on those Tanning beds self tanner creams and then one will note that they don't even use them or edit them for photo work. Loved the video. - 2/20/2014 3:28:01 PM
  • MYSTERYGEL
    This made me cry. A powerful video statement on how a normal woman internalizes the physical expectations and ideals of flawless beauty in our modern culture. - 2/20/2014 1:31:09 PM
  • Wow! I showed this to my daughter who is 8 and is starting to judge herself harshly.It's also a important lesson, no matter if we are young or adults We should love who we are, not the photoshopped version of ourselves! - 2/20/2014 12:34:21 PM
  • This made me cry! This was quite powerful. It's so true. We are striving to be healthy but I think it's easy when we are striving to be healthy that we're also striving to be "perfect" but those little nuances and imperfections are what make us "us" and they are what make us unique. Amazing! - 2/20/2014 11:12:25 AM
  • I teared up with this, too. I loved how the women all preferred their real look to the Photoshopped version. - 2/20/2014 9:17:35 AM