Someone on my Friends list (maybe Vito?) linked to a web page some time back that showed a model before and after being Photoshopped like crazy. Along those same lines, Dove’s new commercial shows a woman being made over for a photo shoot and then Photoshopped almost beyond recognizability as the same woman. The tag line is “no wonder our beauty standards are so distorted.”
[…] in one sense, it nets out to the importance of reflecting reality versus the importance of presenting something, however unreal and unattainable, toward which people can reach.
I don’t even think it’s so much the unattainability of it that’s bizarre and questionable, although that’s a fair point, and I don’t know how valuable it is to give people something like that to “reach” for. I just think there’s a freakin’ huge spectrum of possible beauty, and the tastemakers (such as those in advertising) are only presenting us with a sliver of it.