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Ask anyone about photoshopping, and chances are they’ll know the basics. They’ll also ’know’ that most magazines use it. And that the images they see are most likely altered. But ”knowing” all that doesn’t mean much when it’s not applied.

When we don’t get to see the extent to which those images have been changed, “knowing” they are altered isn’t enough. We typically don’t get to see how much retouching is involved, what made the cutting room floor or what’s been taken out (or added to) the photo.
 
I don’t typically post images of women here, but I made an exception because it’s important to see these edits. It’s all well and good to know about photoshopping, but far too many women still compare themselves to the final, airbrushed images. I post this so you can understand why you should not be striving to look like a magazine cover, or think you’re less than awesome for NOT looking like HER.
 
A few things about this image…
 
1. This lady’s got a great bod. Before retouching.
2. That bod isn’t perfect. Nothing is perfect.
3. The image you see on the left is a magazine’s attempt to ‘perfect’ her body by removing what they consider ‘flaws’. (note the quotations)
4. That ‘flawless’ image is for all intents and purposes a lie. (duh)
5. People see the final image and some people may buy the magazine. But even those who ‘KNOW’ it is airbrushed, do not have access to the before pic to know to what extent.
6. The ‘flawless’ image is designed to be considered attainable and possible: in this case, it’s coupled by an article by the model explaining her ‘routine’ to get such a stellar body. Which isn’t a lie probably. Except the body she’s referring to and the one you’re looking at are two different bodies. She might not know that: don’t hate on her.
7. People may or may not follow her tips, waiting for their body to look like hers. Rather, the image of her body that we’re presented. Which again, is a lie.
8. Women feel frustrated, annoyed, de-motivated and battered for trying everything possible only to end up as ‘not perfect’. Imagine what amazing things we could accomplish with all the energy we spend beating ourselves up, trying to live up to an unrealistic standard.

It’s so rare to see unedited magazine covers: it’s impossible for most to understand/be aware of how much they are altered. As evidenced here (and by countless others), it’s a LOT.

Don’t compare. Don’t idolize. Don’t get trapped by notions of perfection.

Lies, all of it. Perfect does NOT exist.

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