Most of us now know how unrealistic the images we see in adverts and the media really are. We know about the prevelance of airbrushing and the over use of photoshopping in fashion and beauty photography and imagery. However, we might not be aware of how far the image is manipulated to create a certain aesthetic. Technology has come a long way, and the result is that a digital image editor can completely change the way a person looks in order to make them a bit fit for the picture. Lips are plumped up, legs are lengthened and waists are made slimmer. However, it doesn’t stop there… even skin tone is altered. Some people are made to have a lighter skin colour while others are given a tan, and anything so much as a freckle is removed. The faces of airbrushed women in photographs are unnaturally smooth, bright, clear and mark free. This is wrong in a number of ways, but the primary concern is that people, particularly young people, look at these images and think that’s how we are supposed to look in real life. However, it’s artistry and no more real than a painting. Your face is supposed to have freckles, beauty spots, creases, blemishes and bumps. It’s not supposed to be perfectly symmetrical.
Do you feel that these unrealistic images put pressure on you to achieve an impossibly flawless face?