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Author:  Spender [ Wed May 15, 2013 5:24 am ]
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Look closer: And spot the difference that will blow you away
By Jamila Rizvi Tuesday
April 9, 2013

By JAMILA RIZVI

We’re so used to seeing airbrushed images of women’s bodies in magazines, on billboards and on our television screens, that our minds have slowly started to associated ‘perfect’ with ‘normal’.

But the truth is that even ‘perfect’ isn’t ‘perfect. In fact, the images that we are presented with, the ones we’re supposed to aspire to look like, the ones we are meant to strive to emulate – well they’re not so much perfect as impossible.

Naturally beautiful and already thin women are stretched and cropped and carved and smoothed until their bodies resemble that of a barbie doll and not a real person. But our minds accept it. Because it’s all we see. It’s all we’ve ever seen. And what you see, you believe.

But what would happen if we saw some of the very few images of women that we recognise that HAVEN’T had the photoshop treatment? A serious wake up call, that’s what.

These pictures blew me away. They’re paintings of what used to be imagined as the ultimate ideal of female beauty: Venus. Images we’ve all seen and admired before as great works of art and heavenly in their aesthetic.

Except now Venus has had a perky boob job. She’s carved off her hip bones. She’s been Barbie stretched to appear taller. She’s had her neck slimmed. Her waist narrowed. Her thighs cut in half. Oh, and she’s got a box gap to boot.

Spot the difference. It’s impossible not to.

And next time you open a magazine and look a the impossibly ‘perfect’ body of the model on the page.

Remember how obvious the difference was when your brain wasn’t pre-programmed to accept it.


I can't do justice to this by copying and pasting the whole article, so really, go and take a look, and then come back and give us your thoughts:

Mamamia

Author:  joycelot [ Wed May 15, 2013 7:13 am ]
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I love Jamila Rizvi! Also she used to follow me on instagram haha.

Author:  delenda [ Wed May 15, 2013 8:48 am ]
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I love this! I think it could have been done a bit "better" - photoshopping usually smooths out all creases, etc, but still, this point is very clear - women today are thinner than the women idolized years ago. I thought it was absolutely hilarious; thanks so much for posting!

Author:  Spender [ Thu Jun 20, 2013 2:29 am ]
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And now, for another example of photoshopping, just a bit more modern:

Before and After Photoshop

Author:  Kaz [ Thu Jun 20, 2013 2:35 am ]
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^ I'm not so sure the Katie Couric one is real...but I snickered at the Jacob and Llama one at the end. ;)

Author:  delenda [ Thu Jun 20, 2013 9:25 am ]
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Kaz wrote:
^ I'm not so sure the Katie Couric one is real...but I snickered at the Jacob and Llama one at the end. ;)


SPOILER ALERT.

Author:  Spender [ Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:08 pm ]
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I confess, I did not get the llama thing...some pop culture reference?

Author:  veGA [ Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:57 pm ]
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Spender wrote:
I confess, I did not get the llama thing...some pop culture reference?

I wish it were that sophisticated. He just looks like a llama!

Author:  sparrows [ Thu Jun 27, 2013 8:55 pm ]
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Didn't Jennifer Lawrence sue the people that photoshopped that picture of her?

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