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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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  • I do not hate or even dislike cover models. These images are designed to sell products not the women. Complaining that that women are photo-shopped is the same as complaining that real rooms are not staged. Yes, we know this. However, rooms that are not staged are not appealing to the eyes and do not sell products. - 4/30/2015 5:27:54 PM
  • Having worked as a model, the world is being blind if they feel that this is new. I had blinder clips under my hair pulling my facial skin tight (at 18, lol), lighting to highlight the middle of the body and shadow to hide the rest, layer after layer of pancake makeup to make flawless skin, and then in the darkroom "dodging" to remove with paint brushes to add. This is 40 years later. Did you really think Liz Taylor's eyes were that violet?

    My point is just because the digital age has progressed the easy, it is the same old tricks. In some ways this is an art form. My only wish is that at the bottom of pictures there should be a number that shows the ratio of pixels changed. However, this will only force the industry to go back to some of the old methods that forced models to do ridiculous things to look better before the shot.

    One thing that does bother me greatly is the bias towards correcting towards lighter skin. Across the board did you notice this? The woman in teal's skin tone is lovely, and would have been easy to smooth in that shade. - 4/30/2015 4:50:58 PM
  • I thought this was an excellent story to share with us. These 4 women put it out there for us and helped shatter the idea that all the women in magazines and adds are perfect. And then for them to say that they see how SHE would look in a mag/add was someone they didn't recognize.

    AWESOME! Thanks! - 4/30/2015 1:22:49 PM
  • I think there is a difference between .lighting, posing , clothes , hair and make up and being physically altered by a computer . What good is the photo if you shave 20 pounds and 20 years off your self but people you are showing the photo too can see the real you in front of them for sure they will know its fake !
    Photo shopped photos are only good for fantasy , or perhaps to look at yourself to get an idea of how you would look thinner or to fool people you would never meet . That is what most models are people we see , that we think really look like that but will never see them in real life .
    I would love to see a great photographer take a beautiful picture of me with the background and all , I think if the photographer is a real artist they can make you look fantastic without the photo shop part ! - 4/30/2015 11:39:55 AM
  • So disingenuous! I'm a photographer. I don't know anyone who doesn't want to look HIS or HER best in an image, including me, and I don't judge anyone who wants retouching. Studio photography with wonderful light, makeup and hair styling, wardrobe plus posing direction to capture the body and face in the most flattering manner will look vastly different than an "everyday look," even before retouching. They want to look "real?" Take a selfie! ;-) - 4/4/2015 3:53:00 PM
  • Unbelievable what can be done. - 12/30/2014 7:54:14 PM
  • 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
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    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