The Photoshop Trick: Is she even human?

August 8, 2008 at 7:22 am 3 comments

This morning I received an email from a truly beautiful friend, Indiana Farm Wife!  She sent me the link to a Dove advertisement that I hadn’t seen before, it is called “Evolution.”  Did you ever realize that this much is done to enhance photos?  I sure didn’t.

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Feel free to speak out. Tell others about yourself. Your perspective on things just might inspire someone else. And that would be a beautiful thing.

And for heaven’s sake, don’t be so hard on yourself!  Don’t you wish someone would have shown you a video like this when you were 14?  

I had a tough time yesterday watching three of my daughters attend their first jazz classes at a local dance studio.   The younger (7 and 8 year old)  girls didn’t seem as self-conscious, but in the older (11-14 year old) class, holy crap!  They were sizing up each other and exchanging more dirty looks than I could bare to watch.  Needless to say, I am encouraging Amanda to join the volleyball team this fall.  She absolutely loves to dance though; we just need to find a different group for her.  Possibly a women’s beginning dance class, any ideas?

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  • 1. tracy m  |  August 8, 2008 at 9:01 am

    I’ve seen that video before, and it’s astounding what they do to her. It really is no wonder we feel we can’t measure up sometimes- even the models aren’t real!

    I’m sorry about the dance class thing. I worry about that too- none of my kids are typical in size, and I really want to make sure their self-esteem is solid. It’s hard when my own isn’t.

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  • 2. IFW  |  August 8, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    You are so sweet!

    If you go to this website, be sure to also watch the clip titled “Amy”. I sent this video out my friends and family with teenage daughters and granddaughters. I don’t have kids of my own, and I am both saddened and surprised by the number who responded that their tween/teen wanted to fill in the blank so the would look prettier… those same things that most of us have probably gone through.

    I, too, could have used this when I was 14… I ran around with the tall gorgeous blonde and the redhead with the dimples and the brunette with the great car. Needless to say, I wasn’t first pick when it came to the guys. I was never going to be “the pretty one”. Although I came to hate any reference to my blue eyes, it didn’t occur to me that those were real compliments and maybe I was pretty in my own way. Sad to say, it was years later that those same boys confessed that they were too intimidated to ask me out because I projected a (non-existent) self-confidence that combined with intelligence and my own unique beauty to form a Bermuda Triangle of high school dating.

    Jen – like I told you earlier, the cattiness displayed by the young women in that dance class are probably a manifestation of their own insecurities. I’m only an Aunt, so unlike you and Tracy M, it’s a whole lot easier for me to look a niece in the eye tell them that… and have a good heart-to-heart about how crappy it is to be a teenager.

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  • 3. Xina, Nature's Parlour  |  August 9, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Wow! That model was completely transformed! It’s a great illustration of what goes on in terms of models being touched up and changed to promote products.

    Over here in the UK there’s a storm over Beyonce Knowles being “lightened up” in a hair dye advert for L’Oreal. It’s completely laughable because she wears a wigs anyway – wouldn’t you just by a wig in the colour you want it in the first place? I have a lot of respect for Beyonce, she’s a very hard working and successful role model, it’s just that this advert seems to be very misleading on many levels.

    With regards to your daughter’s jazz class, I commend you in your determination to find another one! Sometimes we can be very ambitious for our children and this is a situation which could have left your daughter in a class which she was way too good for and a little bit isolated on account of it. I’m happy for her that she won’t have to suffer those sad little girls. I really do hope that they ditch their dirty attitudes though, for their own good.

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