“Women are always good enough so let’s not strive for something we’re never going to achieve.”
Sally Gifford Piper, model in Photoshopped Bombshell video.
Today’s focus in on Photoshop and how it influences us, primarily women and girls, into thinking that our physical features just don’t measure up to those whose images grace the glossy mags and high-def screens.
Truly, wasn’t it enough we had to suffer through middle school where our every physical feature and article of clothing was scrutinized by every prepubescent female in the building? OK, my publicist admits to missing the memo about the ban on white cable knee socks. (It was her mother’s fault, she insisted, “White goes with everything!”)
Back to our topic and away from my pub’s traumatic childhood. There’s a growing movement out there to expose the deception brought to us by Photoshop. By now, we all know that those images are so touched up, we’d hardly recognize the original. Yet, many of us keep working on that perfect 10. We understand the concept intellectually but have not yet braced it emotionally.
My pub is acquainted with J, a “photographer,” whose primary job is to Photoshop many of the paparazzi photos contracted by People Magazine. He works on giant hi-def screens where he zooms in on micro images of let’s say Kim Kardashian’s eyelid.
J will spend maybe an hour touching up – and often reshaping – every cell in that tiny patch of skin, before moving onto the next centimeter of her face. After a day’s work, KK’s hips will be slimmer, thighs longer (and slimmer), teeth whiter, eyes brighter and bigger and hair and skin all aglow – not to mention the hottest eyelids on the planet. In reality, she does not look like that. Nobody does.
When my pub first learned what J was doing for a living, she was furious and said something like: “What? Are you serious? Why are you Photoshopping photos of her and not me?!”
That’s not (entirely) true. But this is.
Model Sally Gifford Piper and her director husband Tim Piper created this video solely to demonstrate the before-and-after images of models. The video, like the Suffragette Kitty blog, has gone viral, with something like 60 million hits. Who can keep up?
As interesting as the transformation, is the interview with Sally and Tim afterward. Sally hardly recognized herself. We really liked this quote, which we opened with: “Women are always good enough, so let’s not strive for something we’re never going to achieve.”
You know, we really like that quote so let’s post it again: “Women are always good enough, so let’s not strive for something we’re never going to achieve.”
Have a great day, xo, LMA