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The artist’s Maria Raquel Cochez’s impressive body of work is powerfully autobiographical, cataloging her painful struggle with eating disorders, weight loss surgery, and recovery. In her recent photographs, she claims the human right to accept and love her body, promoting body acceptance for all women in the process. For her “CKMe” and “Another Mermaid” project, she inserts ... Read More
BY kelsey haight in Style File on Apr 02, 2014 |
Lorde learned a lesson last year after criticizing some of her fellow pop stars Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez for having “unfeminist lyrics” or for being too “unobtainable and flawless.” It's safe to say that Lorde wasn’t trying to be catty or harsh, and seems more like the kind of girl who was more interested in holding people accountable and reminding us that celebrities aren’t perfect. We know she has definitely changed her ... Read More
A few weeks back, we were so thrilled to hear that Aerie, the teen lingerie store affiliated with American Eagle, will not be Photoshopping their models for their new Spring campaign titled #AerieREAL. The ad images feature models ranging in size, shape, and ethnicity (this range is vast relative to most competitors, although, to be honest, it still does not encompass the diversity of America’s teens). Well, there's a new ... Read More
The photographer Sarolta Bán’s new series of images of abandoned and sheltered animals stays true to its touchingly simple title: Help Dogs with Images. For homeless animals, visibility is often a dream; far too many go unseen and unrecognized, and through her vivid imaginings in Photoshop—brought to life by the dignified warmth and wisdom of furry faces—Bán hopes to change all that. With a support ... Read More
We know that various media outlets like magazines and advertisements rely on providing unrealistic representations of the female face and form, leading to the objectification of women and an unhealthy global obsession with conventional good looks. In recent months, Photoshop gifs illustrating the extent to which models’ bodies are digitally altered have gone viral.
In the wake of the unsettling Lena Dunham/Jezebel controversy— in ... Read More
“There is no reason to retouch beauty. We think THE REAL YOU IS SEXY.”
So reads the closing line of aerie’s recent letter to young woman, accompanying a campaign advertising its Spring 2014 collection. The lingerie company, affiliated with American Eagle, is giving their target demographic of girls (aged 15-21) an ad campaign free of retouching. Can I get a hallelujah?! Titled #aerieReal, the campaign attempts to deal with the beauty ... Read More
BY Andrea Stopa in Artsy on Jan 13, 2014 |
This lady has achieved time travel!!! Well, sort of. Chino Otsuka, a London-based photographer, used unsettlingly convincing photo editing to insert her “now” self beside her “then” self at various points throughout her past. The powerful juxtaposition illustrates the lovingly nostalgic self-reflection that comes with maturity.Living in a digital age where pretty much anything can be made to resemble reality, Otsuka used the near-magic ... Read More
Photoshop is so laughably overused in today’s media that it’s become a rarity to see an image untouched by digital doctoring. Photoshop allows advertisers to construct the modern fantasy face, and beauty product ads entice consumers with absurdly manicured images of the human form. In most cases, we know it’s not the product that makes one’s skin perfectly blemish-free but the digital alterations, yet we are are continuously urged-- ... Read More
Chrystal Bougon, the owner of plus-size lingerie store Curvy Girl, is encouraged to see more plus-size models these days, but she thinks it might not be enough. After all, “anything over size 4 is considered plus-size,” she says. And most are photoshopped. She is “constantly asked for pictures of [her] products on 'regular' bodies,” bodies without any airbrushing or editing. In her “Regular Women” campaign, she delivers by ... Read More
BY Katrina Pallop in General on Feb 26, 2013 |
Though some viewers thought that Michelle Obama’s moment on the Oscars was exciting, show-stopping, or (at the very least) innocent enough, there were many others who expressed outrage at her appearance. In Iran, the network Fars News photoshopped the First Lady into a more modest ensemble, adding sleeves and a higher neckline to her Naeem Khan gown.
An Iranian woman appearing on state TV must wear a hijab that covers her arms, legs, and hair. Men must ... Read More