Image is powerful yet superficial. Image has a huge impact on our lives. For the past few centuries we defined beauty not just as health, youth and symmetry but also as tall figures and femininity. Pictures are constructions by professionals and they build our perception of a model. Photoshop is one of the tools used to modify reality and gives us the outcome of an illusion. Many celebrities have faced the shock of being photo-shopped. Most recently, nineteen year old actress and singer, Zendaya, posted on Instagram a picture of her “before/after” shot and said she was stunned to discover that her hips and torso had been quite manipulated. “These are the things that make women self conscious, that create the unrealistic ideals of beauty that we have.” she said.
On another hand, some celebrities ask for modification on their pictures. Beyoncé recently posted on Instagram a picture where her thighs have been voluntarily retouched, yet this contradicts lyrics in her new song “Pretty hurts” where she states “Perfection is a disease of a nation.” Also, reality-star Khloé Kardashian asks to be slimmer while shooting a Cosmopolitan cover with sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner.
In contrary, some models or celebrities who choose not to modify their pictures are admired. Recently model Chrissy Teigen posted a picture of her legs showing bruises and stretch marks and became the most influential model of the moment by bringing perfectionists down to earth.
Videos on youtube have been posted about how scandalous Photoshop can be and how it distorts our perceptions of what is beautiful and what is natural.
In February 18, 2015 an artist named David Lopera, sparked controversy by photoshopping female celebrities to look larger. He advocated for more diverse body types in the media and states that “there should be more chunky tights in magazines.”
Thus, the answer that everyone should reach is that the Internet modifies our views on what is real. Photoshop and other tools can be used however it should be done so while staying close to reality.
Different is what makes you beautiful.