Lately, we have been pretty intrigued by Divergent star Shailene Woodley. While the early reviews of her new film haven’t been particularly positive (okay, it’s at 17% so far on Rotten Tomatoes), the consensus of Woodley is overwhelmingly positive. We recently applauded her thoughts on the Twilight franchise’s glorification of “toxic relationships” for young adult readers and viewers, which were refreshing to hear from a rising actor. Now, she’s on Marie Claire being praised for her candid and “fresh” personality–except unfortunately, Marie Claire opted to eliminate all freshness from her cover by literally altering her physical features. No, really:
I would probably recognize Shailene if I looked for longer than five seconds, but just passing a newsstand, there’s no way I would immediately identify her. The airbrushing on her face is unreasonable (and uncalled for, given how smooth and glowing it is in the unedited photo at the top of this post). Where are her adorable freckles? Her hips and thighs look like they’ve been blurred down to be more narrow. And it’s especially a bummed considering Marie Claire literally used the word “unfiltered” right next to this unbelievably filtered image that makes my Instagram selfies look like hi-res portraits.
Sometimes, I wonder if the people editing these photos even know what the celebrities they are doing photoshop work on actually look like. If they did, they would probably not remove all their facial texture or turn them into triple-jointed aliens.
Now, I have very little experience with Photoshop, so I instead turned to fellow Gloss writer Julia, who is a professional graphic designer in addition to contributing here. I asked her if it’s possible to edit a celebrity’s appearance without making him or her (though, let’s be honest, it’s always “her”) unrecognizable. Julia’s official answer: “Yes, it is totally possible. Most of what we see is photoshopped well, that is to say their faces aren’t torn apart and still look human.”
So there you have it, folks: photo editors can make stars stay looking like themselves! But instead, they sometimes just turn them into two-dimensional blur monsters.