Before and After Photoshop – 40 Images of Celebrities That Reveal Unrealistic Beauty Standards
Ever looked at a magazine cover, Instagram feed or movie poster and admired how pretty the man or woman looks? Fresh clear skin, no grey hairs or wrinkles, no bones sticking out or unattractive belly buttons in sight, right? Yeah, me too. But then I remember that the image has been photoshopped and airbrushed. Not “likely” to be, has been.
Everyone does it. How many of your friends are using a Snapchat filtered-floral crown photo for their Facebook profile picture? Maybe you’ve used a flattering Instagram filter? Hell, I’ve even done it using Photoshop! Brightened my eyes, removed blemishes, airbrushed a wrinkle or two…
Nobody is perfect, of that we can be sure. Even Chrissy Teigen has stretch marks, just like most of us mere mortals.
The thing is, between the media and all these terrific apps, we’ve created a false vision of what we look like. And it’s not just the magazines anymore. Celebrities are posting their own altered images to their social media accounts just like we do.
We’ve set unrealistic beauty standards that are unachievable in real life.
It is impossible to see the original unretouched copies of many photoshopped images on social media, as the owners of the altered versions hardly want their wrinkles and touching thighs on display for the world to see.
So let’s get real for a minute. Here are forty ‘before and after’ Photoshop images. Let’s play spot the difference.
It doesn’t have to be much. A freckle here, an undereye bag there. Maybe a slightly different hair tone or a slightly cinched in waist or slimmed down thighs. Some of these were subtle, others not so much. But it all adds up to a vision of perfection that slowly and quietly eats away at our insecurities.
Jill is a busy wife and mother of four young children. She loves nothing more than making people giggle, and loves to settle in with a glass of wine (or four) and wander about the internet. Feel free to follow her to see all the cool stuff she finds!