What is the purpose of Photoshop?
If you’d asked me that question a few weeks ago, I know exactly how I would have answered: Fashion magazines use Photoshop to make people thinner, to airbrush skin imperfections, to make eyes bigger and teeth whiter. They use Photoshop to create an unrealistic standard of beauty that we can never attain and to assert “this is what perfect is and anything less than this isn’t worth looking at.” More
Great lipstick, though. More
French photographer duo Bruno Metra and Laurence Jeanson (known collectively as Metra-Jeanson) have a compelling series that explores ideas about beauty–specifically of expectations and reality. In the set of sparse portraits, the duo shoot regular (albiet uniformly comely) people who have glossy, photoshopped magazine clippings taped over various features More
Will we ever get tired of looking at classic paintings of beautiful women Photoshopped to look fashion model thin? I don’t think so! In a similar vein to Anna Utopia Giordano‘s nifty series of photoshopped paintings, artist Nazareno Crea has produced a series called “Alpha Beauties” for which he retouched the subjects of the great paintings of yore to fit our modern standards of beauty: high cheekbones, big eyes, narrow hips, and skinny, skinny, skinny. Looking through them, I find the effect to be downright uncanny, so I’m judging his work to be effective. I realize it’s not a new practice to point out how arbitrary our cultural standards of beauty are; feminist artists have been doing it since the 1970s. But as those standards continue to hammer us every day, it’s still nice to have a reminder once in a while. Look through these side-by-side comparisons of his images with the original paintings and see if you don’t agree; there are lots more to be found on Crea’s website. More
You know, Barbie with no make-up does not look so bad. She just looks really tired and hungover. At least, that’s how she looks in the altered photo of her done by Eddi Aguirre. Here. She looks like she needs a nap, terribly: More
Human bodies don’t look like this–and we don’t mean that in that asinine “real women have curves” way; we mean holy shit, human bodies aren’t usually indented where the ass has been ritualistically pruned away by a retoucher. More
Ahead you’ll find Zooey Deschanel, allegedly, on the April cover of InStyle.
Hint: It’s not Kathy Griffin, Kate Bosworth or Hillary Clinton. It is also not Emily Deschanel, much to my surprise. More
Claire Danes is a very pretty lady. Which is why I was so surprised to see her looking less like Claire Danes and more like various movie villains in the February issue of Elle. From her strange appearance on the cover to…her strange appearance in the photos, it would seem someone was hell-bent on thinking outside the box on this one. Let me show you what I mean. More
For their spring/summer 2013 ad campaign, Stuart Weitzman spent a dillion dollars to have Mario Testino shoot Kate Moss wearing just enough of their clothes to cover her naughty bits. One might think this would be a recipe for success, but there are two main problems as far as I can see: the poor use of Photoshop and the fact that she’s making the exact same face in every picture. I will never understand why a brand would hire a supermodel known for her ability to be expressive and then coach her into utter blandness. Unless being bland is their brand? Take a look. More
Take a good long look at Natalie Portman‘s new Dior ad, because you won’t be seeing it in magazines, on billboards or in subways. More
Ladies, get your eyeballs ready to roll. Hard. More
“This unique collection,” claims the copy, “is a modernization of the decade’s silhouettes with edgy, sexy bodies in distressed washes that embody” and some more stuff but we kind of glazed over (blah blah blah rock’n roll)… More
It appears Numero has learned from Italian Vogue‘s mistakes. More