|What DIDN'T I do to this one?|
Now let's look at some truly hideous manipulations. Wait, did you think that's what we were doing already?
Ralph Lauren has been called out on this a couple of times recently. Is this even attractive in a non-Star Wars sort of way?
This one got a lot of publicity and the company claimed responsibility...as if someone else could be responsible. Except the aliens who clearly snatched the other half of her body and left her with a giant bobble head.
This photo at left is the same model. Someone thought that THIS wasn't good enough? Oh yeah, and RL fired her for being too fat. You can't argue with that. Clearly, she is disgusting. My husband, oddly enough, couldn't find anything wrong with it, and thinks the other photo looks like she's been held hostage in a concentration camp and made to wear some humiliatingly ugly clothing as a form of torture. So what's my point in all of this? In a world where a woman's self worth and how she is viewed by others is so closely tied to her physical appearance I think someone should remind us that the standard that the media is setting is nearly impossible to achieve, yet it doesn't stop us from comparing ourselves to it. The best version of ourselves is a worthy goal, unattainable perfection...well, I say we just let ourselves off the hook for that one.
Here's a link to a website that tracks how images are manipulated in the media and here's one more to the site Photoshop Disasters which is really great fun.