Visit a nearby magazine stand and you will find magazine covers showing women with slender bodies and flawless skins. It is no secret that publications utilize editing software, such as Photoshop, to enhance the digital images of models. Nonetheless, there is ongoing debate whether such technique is really necessary or not.
Portraying What Is Inspirational
Industry insiders claim that airbrushing photographs, such as taking out some blemishes and stray hairs, are needed to enrich how the models look like. Magazine staff treats editing of photos as an equivalent of editing a text so as to present the best version there is.
They see the need to portray the ideal, what is perfect, to encourage their readers to dream and aspire for something good and wonderful.
This tactic, however, has created a clamor in society to present what is true and real. Many believe that such portrayal of perfection – slim waists, slender thighs and arms, flawless skin, nice curves – have gone overboard, misleading young women and urging them to achieve what seems to be improbable. Activists even assert that these images of ultra slim models have distorted the concept of beauty.
Even some of the models themselves, who are constantly hounded by the extreme demands and pressure of the job and the expectations, profess that all their efforts to slim down and beautify themselves still fall short of the standard. What with the entire photo editing that is still involved in the process. Despite being thin and slender, Photoshop will still slice off a portion of some of their body making them look slim and as if they have been on a diet for years to lose that weight. And while the main goal is to depict perfection, sometimes the end result is a weird and awkward representation of the person.
Natural Is Beautiful
Understanding the sense of the uproar by those critical to the use of Photoshop on magazine images, countries like France, Australia and the United Kingdom have been looking into policies that will require the use of footnotes or disclaimers if photos used are altered.
In the end, society hopes to inculcate that what is natural is beautiful – flaws, blemishes and all. It will take time and effort to instil this perspective to the minds of readers, especially of the new generation.