10 February 2010
If you would like your blood to boil today, check out this link: Photoshop Treachery
Before you click, be warned that many of the photos show a lot of skin and are very unsettling.
I somehow managed to survive to adulthood with a relatively healthy body image, in spite of the Barbies I owned and the magazine covers I saw every time I checked out at the grocery store. Do you know Barbie's measurements coincide like this: bosom of a full grown woman, waist of a 6 year old child, hips of a teenage girl? I read that somewhere a long time ago, so it is an unfounded random statistic, but look at Barbie to see if you think it's right.
The thing that makes me the angriest about the article is the tone with which industry editors and re-touchers defend themselves, citing their work as "industry standard." If it is an industry standard to mold a woman's image into unattainable beauty, then the industry needs an overhaul. Just as Joe Camel was an insidious campaign to encourage children to smoke, these unreal photos are an invitation to young girls to acquire an eating disorder that still won't make them look like the cover girls.
I have no problem removing a temporary blemish from the face of someone I shoot, but if there were a line not to cross, I'd draw it WELL before anything in that newsweek article. Bad on them.