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Just a Reminder: Nothing is Real (as if you didn’t already know)

August 15th, 2007     by Stacey May Fowles     Comments


About a month ago, a “before and after” of a shot of singer Faith Hill on the cover of Redbook made the blogosphere rounds., through their “unretouched cover-image contest,” offered money to anyone who could provide pics of an a-lister retouched via “photo enhancement.” Once the image of Hill was released the internet was abuzz with talk of unrealistic expectations for women, as perpetuated by false imagery on magazine covers:

If someone like Faith Hill is not good enough as is to be on the cover of a woman’s magazine, than doesn’t it make you question why some of us are killing ourselves trying to look celebrities who don’t even look like themselves. It also sends the message that no matter how beautiful you are, you’re still not perfect enough. Hmmmm? (

This is nothing new. I’m sure we all already knew that images are enhanced (thanks to that Dove Commercial) but the piece really exposed to what extent they’re enhanced:

The more insidious – and therefore more dangerous – manipulation occurs when they take away the natural crook of a woman’s arm or tighten up her droopy earlobe. Really: They digitally adjusted her earlobe!…(

Well, now even more “retouching” has been exposed. A company called iWANEX studio has posted all of their retouching talents in a portfolio on their website for all to see. They’ve been responsible for making a whole wack of people print ready: everyone from Brittany Murphy to Beyonce to Katherine Heigl to Kelly Clarkson to Halle Berry.

Okay, I know that it’s not like this is news, but I have to say flipping though the before and after pics did make me feel really, really good. I thought I’d share for all to enjoy.

Update: Alright, looks like everyone in the world is also enjoying the retouched photos since this link was posted on some high traffic blogs. is crammed with visitors, so you might have to wait a bit to get your fix.

Tags: media savvy

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