"I have a problem with the cover. She looks so young! It's like we're showing favoritism." It was at this point, dear reader, that the whistle was deployed.
My senior picture looks like me, not like a digital reconstruction of me. The sole purpose of photos is for documentation, and when looking back, I want to be able to remember how I looked at the time -- not how the computer thought I should look.
Beauty is only skin deep. This time-honored idiom -- and title of a former hit song by The Temptations -- recognizes an inexorable truth of human aging. Now this expression has found more contemporary implications in an era of digital photo editing.
Whether through a gallery or a solo show, selling is very much our wish. We are happy to be admired, but selling is another level of satisfaction. It's the Little Red Dot we're after.
What? You didn't get the memo? Ladies, you are supposed to be unnaturally thin -- but with full Cs, a tight butt, and all-over muscle tone. Oh, and guess what? If you somehow manage this Herculean feat, you will still require copious amounts of airbrushing. Reverse airbrushing, that is.
Talk to them -- yes, both girls and boys -- about the enhanced images and videos that they will be exposed to. Tell them that pornography is like false advertising, the goal being to sell and market products, not necessarily to convey truth and honesty.
"Telling my daughter that weight doesn't matter while she sees me berating myself as I step on the scale every morning probably isn't good parenting, right?" Bingo.
Body and face shapes are easy for any magazine to control: simply hire the shapes that you want. The question is, are other Photoshop fabrications still fair game?
There is a difference between showing concern and making someone feel uncomfortable with their own body.
Kids who see unrealistic bodies or faces or clothing -- especially on folks they admire -- can feel inadequate. Here's how to pull back the curtain on Photoshopped images.
Together we are recognizing the negative impact that unrealistic beauty has on body image and self-esteem -- and together we are finally saying, "we have had enough."
I just changed my Twitter background to a Latinos for Obama pattern I designed last night in my free trial of Photoshop CS5.1. It's available for download here. To use.
Cynthia Leive, editor-in-chief of Glamour, has decided to take a stand against the impingement of obsessive retouching in the world of beauty. Her magazine has pledged that it won't be putting models on a digital diet.
Once upon a time, Daddy had a jawline.
The recent firestorm regarding Beyonce's promotional imagery leaves me baffled. The entire hubbub about Mrs. Knowles-Carter and her whitetification seems misplaced, especially in the Post Michael Jackson Era.
H&M recently admitted that they only use "completely virtual" bodies to model the clothes on their site. Don't worry though, they paste a real girl's head on there to help you know what that dress will look like on a real person.