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neither are society's standards of beauty





This absolutely hillarious video has been "infecting" the web for some time now (and I wanted to feature it sooner, but oh well, life and such). The first time I saw it, I was laughing so hard, because many of these things, I actually do in manips - sometimes not this quickly, but I do. And it is done daily for just about any magazine cover or vip photo shoot that you get to see! This is the true part about this video. And it's the sad part, too.

Uncover the fake Beauty

As a photomanipulator, I am often amazed at what other non-photoshop (or any other graphics programme) users will accept as real without question. Especially younger ones will be influenced by this image they see day in day out and aspire to be like it. To be as fake and "perfect" as the cover girl. How can you achieve anything like that in real life? You can't. It's that simple.

All that is left is Photoshop - the real one. You don't need a fancy plug-in to make all that happen that the fake commercial promises. You just need to know which tools to use and it's easy! You can take a look at this Photoshop tutorial (and the ones linked therein) to get an idea of what I'm talking about. And I encourage everyone (and especially those who are not Photoshop savvy) to take a look at that article!

Because, let's face it: those "beauty standards" are out there. We're confronted with them daily and most of us wouldn't know what to look for to be able to say with conviction "this one is fake, just look at xyz, you can still see the Photoshop tools they used!" - being able to spot these things is in my opinion essential to teaching others that what they're after is a fake image that cannot be achieved. Only this knowledge can help get some perspective back in place: just because we like to look at something rather than something else does not mean we should be like that ourselves all the time. And it doesn't mean we shouldn't use Photoshop to retouch photos. It means that we need to face the fact that it was retouched to please us.

What this "something" that we rather look at is is of course a matter of debate. Personally, I cringe at the plastic look, especially the cover girl look. I don't find it pleasing. But have you tried telling that to a 14 year old girl obsessed with becoming a model? All you get back is mostly "but I like it!". So my approach would be to show her how I can retouche a picture of her to look just like that (including all exaggerations) and ask her if she a) still thinks it's desireable and b) if she had to go to bed hungry for this picture... And if you can't actually do that, then at least you can show her that it's "some kind of magic" instead of dieting your heart out - maybe you can find a dA artist who can do it for you or you can show her the tutorial linked above or find some before/after pics (some of which, as shown in the tutorial can be downright creepy).


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LaYeobright's avatar
Brilliant! xD And yet horribly true! Of course, really, I think a lot of times when people say/blame "Society", "The Media" would be more acurate...
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kuschelirmelHobbyist Digital Artist
:hug:
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kitiekat4UHobbyist Digital Artist
yep! i really believe that fotoshop is the best on the market. i really love that plastic feel :giggle:
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kuschelirmelHobbyist Digital Artist
:boogie: :D
EveryNextDream's avatar
That video is possibly the best thing I've ever seen. My skin feels like plastic!. Love it :D
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kuschelirmelHobbyist Digital Artist
that had me breaking into giggles as well :D
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RaindroppuStudent General Artist
Hab's gesehen und fands auch lustig und traurig zugleich..
Es hat mich einerseits aber auch an dieses Video erinnert: [link] beides geht aufs Gleiche hinaus..
Es ist wirklich schade, zu wissen, was die Menschen mit Schönheit verbinden, wie es wirklich aussieht und wie es ihren Vorstellungen nach aussehen sollte. Die Menschen versuchen sich alles nur zurecht zu machen, selbst ihr Aussehen..
Ich weiß nicht, ob du das mit den krebserregenden Silikonen in der Brust mitbekommen hast - selbst das gehört zu diesem Thema.. das ist wirklich schlimm, dass die Frauen sowas mit sich machen lassen, damit sie "besser aussehen" etc. und dann passiert sowas..
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kuschelirmelHobbyist Digital Artist
das Video passt auch gut rein :nod:

und das mit den Implantaten war ja ganz groß in den Medien... auch ein Interview hab ich da gehört mit Mutter und Tochter (!!!) die jetzt beide die Implantate entfernen lassen müssen. Aber anstatt sich zu sagen "so ein Risiko geh ich nimmer ein", wollen beide neue Implantate haben. Sowas hab ich noch nie verstanden ^^;
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RaindroppuStudent General Artist
oh man.. -.-" Mutter und Tochter auch noch.. Wer weiß, wie viel das Ganze für beide wohl kostet. Die müssen ja i-was drin haben, sonst haben sie keine Busen mehr -.-"
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kuschelirmelHobbyist Digital Artist
so ungefähr war die Begründung dafür nochmal Implantate einsetzen zu lassen ^^ als ob man sich von Oberweite Gesundheit kaufen könnte...
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RaindroppuStudent General Artist
warum mussten sie's überhaupt machen lassen? warum ist keine frau einfach mal so zufrieden, wie sie ist.. -.-"
ich persönlich, gott bewahre, würde sowas nur im notfall machen lassen und nicht, damit ich ne aufgeblasene oberweite hab.. was die frauen dadran so schön finden.. :/
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Tribble-IndustriesHobbyist General Artist
Oh so real in a very ironic and deadly way. Its sad when the unreality becomes the reality.

And currently the fashion elites...promote this ideal to the hilt!
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kuschelirmelHobbyist Digital Artist
:nod: indeed they do. and I can't say it enough: people are like a herd of sheep in their belief that a photo can't possibly be unreal and I so hope that with time they'll come to know how wrong this belief is!
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Tribble-IndustriesHobbyist General Artist
I have realized by looking at some fashion sites...they have alot of photoshop...you start to detect it pretty fast.

Very rarely do you not see photoshop.

Like I used to joke to some ladies..."If your knight in shining armor, does have a scratch, ding, or dent...he's a player."

Same thing applies to fashion...if it looks too perfect, unblemished, shiny, lighting adjusted...its been photoshopped. I would rather have the unique blemishes that make a person who they are throughout their lifetime, than artificial perfection.

I think in human life...there is only one time you are perfect...when your done up in the coffin!
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CassiopeiaArtProfessional Digital Artist
:nod: Such true words and exactly my opinion when it comes to cover-girl retouches in particular. A lot of people that i speak to don't seem to understand just HOW MUCH retouching can be done in programmes such as photoshop and when i point out when they comment on how thin waist she has or smooth skin and that surely is a photograph without too much work done to it. I found that the only reason I can prove to them that it is all "fake" is by showing them on a photograph step by step guide on what you can do. Now THAT gets their attention just like you describe! I'd love to see this and what you can do with retouching on teen channels or something, programmes that target young ones to explain WHY the model on the front of a magazine appears to look they way she does and proving it by showing step by step what happens to covers and advertisements we see... Imagine if that was regular little clips about it and how much it would potentially change the way young girls and boys look at the model industry :)

Great article Jasmine, makes one think about this! :heart:
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kuschelirmelHobbyist Digital Artist
on a teen channel or programme, this would really be great - showing how those beauty collages come to be. Maybe we can start on dA, though :plotting:
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CassiopeiaArtProfessional Digital Artist
Absolutely :#1: :nod:
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ExilliorHobbyist General Artist
Like you, I actually would never want to look like the plastic, shiny, completely unnaturally made-up women on covers of magazines. Some of them, you can tell, are actually quite pretty people underneath the butchering!

If only everyone wanted to look their best, instead of looking like somebody else. Because a lot of people would outshine what "somebody else" is looking like. And also, they wouldn't try to look like that liquified leg. :lol: That looked very scary!
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kuschelirmelHobbyist Digital Artist
where can I sign that statement?! that's exactly what I think :nod: :highfive:
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ExilliorHobbyist General Artist
I guess you can only sign it in spirit. :noes:
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kuschelirmelHobbyist Digital Artist
my spirit unfortunately is busy, damn! what do I do now?! *panic*
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ExilliorHobbyist General Artist
Hit the "instant clone" button!
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kuschelirmelHobbyist Digital Artist
:lmao: that would come in handy at work, too!
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ExilliorHobbyist General Artist
I'd never trust my clone at work - god knows what it would get up to!
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