Sunday, July 22, 2007

visit the photoshop of horrors

First of all . . .

For those of you who haven't yet seen it, this past week Jezebel has had a fabulous series of posts entitled "Photoshop of Horrors" regarding a recent cover of Redbook magazine featuring Faith Hill. They offered 10K to anyone who could get them a copy of a pre-photoshopped image of the cover. The result created quite a buzz. I've put links to the posts below.

and yet they couldn't do anything about that hideous dress?
  1. Here's Our Winner! 'Redbook' Shatters Our 'Faith' In Well, Not Publishing, But Maybe God
  2. The Annotated Guide To Making Faith Hill 'Hot'
  3. Faith Hill's 'Redbook' Photoshop Chop: Why We're Pissed
  4. The 'Redbook' You Should Have Seen On Newsstands
  5. The Week You Gave Us 'Faith' In The Internets
In contrast to Faith Hill (who is aging beautifully and does not need the distortions of Photoshop) there are the stars who are constantly getting plastic surgery in desperate attempts to look younger. Supposedly they would need less Photoshopping but I suspect that in practice the reverse is true.

JUST ADDED: For a recent discussion of Hollywood stars and plastic surgery check out Ms. Place's new post on her Dishin Dat blog:
If nothing else it will scare you off of getting a chemical peel. Ow! Ow! Ow!

On the other hand . . .
"The Photoshopping experts at have done the opposite of Redbook and given some of today's biggest boldfaced names "normal" makeovers, which, according to the Daily Mail, means they've made to look like your run-of-the-mill, fashion-challenged, badly-coiffed, fat Americans." ( Keira Knightley: Just Like Us? | )
Check it out. The images are hilarious:

Tori and Candy Spelling

And finally . . .

If ever we needed a warning against combining drugs and plastic surgery, Gawker brings us
Courtney Love...

Warning: do not go to this link on a full stomach. My favorite comment:

Wow, has she been working out? Look how defined her arm muscle is...oh, my bad. That's just her skin sliding off. (MISSGOLIGHTLY AT 07/13/07 06:27 PM)


Ms. Place said...

Your post makes me question how often the faces we see in movies, television, magazine covers, and photos are actually real. When my issue of Entertainment Weekly arrived with gorgeous Katherine Heigl gracing the cover, she looked flawless. Her skin resembled soft plastic, like a doll, and there was not a blemish to be found. My immediate reaction when looking at this 20 something, post pubescent actress was 'photoshopped.'

How does my niece who suffers from bulimia stand a chance? Her blond wide eyed beauty is often compared to Cameron Diaz's fresh looks, but she only sees imperfection in the mirror. When she encounters an image of Cameron, how can she be assured it is real? When she sees her own so called blemishes, how can we assure her in her fragile emotional state that those imperfections are normal and make her unique?

Great post. Thanks for providing these fabulous links, which I intend to bookmark.

trixie said...

Thanks! I think your niece can be assured that the image of Cameron Diaz is not real. It helps to look at these plastic surgery and photoshopped images to the point where you realize that they are truly grotesque.

Yesterday in the grocery store I was looking at Ashlee Simpson on a magazine cover and her arm didn't seem to be attached correctly and her skin was all the same weird unvaried suntan brown color. It was really ugly!

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