Photoshopped reality

As an insecure teenager growing up in the mid-80s, I was particularly susceptible to fashion magazine covers.

I would spend endless hours pouring over impossibly glamorous photos of supermodels like Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista.

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There was such a pressure to conform to these ideals of beauty – and yet thankfully, I was only exposed to them when I crossed a magazine stand.

 

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When I consider today’s teenagers, who are bombarded  24/7 with photoshopped, facecrooked, instafiltered imagery – never has there been greater social pressure to look ‘right’ and look ‘sexy’.

 

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With a heartening recent trend by ‘women with clout’ such as Cindy Crawford and Jennifer Lawrence bucking the norm and posting real photos, let’s hope it reaches today’s teens before the plastic hits the fan.  

 

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This ‘untouched’ photo of Cindy Crawford, 48, inspired millions of women when she allowed it to go viral in 2013

 

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This photo sparked outrage in 2013, after Flare magazine revealed it had retouched Jennifer Lawrence’s hips, waist and face to look thinner. (Right: actual, Left: retouched)

 

PS  If you’d like to read more, here’s a longer post from Jezebel on un/touched Victoria’s Secret photos : http://bit.ly/1Tx8LQv

 

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