I recently came across a Youtube video which questions our ideals of beauty. With digital editing, all the images we see in advertisements, model photos, and feature films can be – and are! – cleaned up of every blemish and subtle mistake.
Digging around, I found a few other examples of how advertisers and stylists are using Photoshop to distort our perception of beauty. Just have a look at this thorough dissection of a magazine cover picture.
All of this just reinforces the effect of the recent news that a 21-year old Brazilian photo model basically starved herself to death in order to ensure her success.
Our perception of beauty, it seems, is not healthy.