Within a few minutes of meeting me, you will figure out that I don’t spend much time reading fashion magazines. Not even while I’m waiting in line at the grocery store. (That time is reserved for scanning the headlines of the trashy tabloids.)
It’s not that I don’t care about looking nice, but that I don’t care to be constantly reminded that no matter how many cupcakes I skip, how many presses/crunches/curls/dips/squats/lunges I do, or how many gallons of water I drink, I will never look like the women in the magazines. All those negative comparisons can wear a gal out. Rather than risk falling into the trap, I just avoid those kinds of magazines entirely. Which leaves me with lots of free time to appreciate ME, as I am, blemishes, wrinkles, and squish belly included. It also leaves me looking slightly fashion-backward, but hey, if that’s my only flaw (it’s not), I’m doing well.
Thanks to an article on calorie-count.com, I’ve found a website that has, once and for all, freed me of my magazine model avoidance tendencies. iWANEXStudio is a photo retouching service. Click on the Portfolio link and then click on a thumbnail photo to expand it. Next, move the curser/pointer away from the photo and watch the magic!
Wrinkles vanish! Pores close miraculously! Under-eye circles disappear! Whole sizes gone in a poof! In their place, porcelain/olive flawless skin and curvaceous bodies appear. It’s truly a miracle!
It’s photo editing, obviously, and I needed this reminder that photos in magazines have been optimized to sell a product. Models have wrinkles and pores, too. None of us is more ideal than the other. Some of us just get photo-shopped.
As I was writing this, I recalled my own brief brush with photo editing silliness. For my pictorial debut in Woman’s Day last year, I was asked to submit a photo. I did, and this is what appeared in the magazine.
Nice photo, but it doesn’t look like me. I was wearing a slightly berry-hued lipstick and my natural skin tone is flushed. I have tiny red veins and freckles. My teeth weren’t that white when they first came in when I was a pre-schooler. In other words, I was photo-shopped. (But that is my smile.)
In the online article, Woman’s Day used the full-length photo I sent them. The funny thing is that they must have used an intermediate version of the photo because my upper half has been ‘shopped, but my lower section doesn’t appear to have been touched at all. (Bet Halle Berry never had to deal with that!)
For kicks and giggles, here’s a side-by-side comparison:
I remember some guy commenting on the article asked about my lobster arms. I wanted to reply that my face had been lightened–a LOT–but I let it go. There’s just no pleasing the public.
My point in all this is to remind anyone who, like me, sometimes forgets that magazine photos are idealized versions of real people like us–blemishes, pores, and bellies included! If you need a reminder, just visit the portfolios on iWANEXStudio and click a few befores and afters, We are all blessed with imperfections!
Side note: No cupcake(s) this weekend, and it was a non-issue. I opted for fro-yo as a consolation prize. But it did point out that I’m overdue for a cupcake and need to work up a challenge for myself to “win” one. I love winning things!
Oh, one more thing: Happy Monday!