Photoshop is not the culprit

July 12, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

This image (the title actually), immediately below is why I decided to write this short rant which segue-ways into expressing my opinion and view as I see it.

I saw this on Facebook and the title annoyed me.

And actually it was whoever made that title that is the correct target for my annoyance about it. I don't think the artist, Colbie Caillat is actually trying to damn Photoshop or makeup. I think she is attempting to empower other women and to let people know, it's all BS, what you see is not reality with these music videos and album covers and so forth. She takes off her makeup in the video (alongside other women) and shows what she looks like. Granted she is beautiful without makeup in my opinion, but that's not really the point.

Let me tell the author of that title one thing: Photoshop is not the culprit. Photoshop is an industry leader in all things related to the myriad amount of ways one can retouch an image. It doesn't magically search out photos and then turn people's looks and features into an impossible standard. People do (because the internet has taught us at least one thing, SOME PEOPLE SUCK).

This shirt rather illustrates the point (by the way, if I ever see one of these shirts for sale, DO WANT!):

This is from Happy Gilmore in case you were one of the few who spent 1996 in a closet.


Back in March 2013 THIS blog post was written because the trend of over photoshopping people is deceiving and dishonest and I felt the need to write about it. Photoshop is a tool, nothing else. It doesn't magically make people into aliens or goddesses or gods. People do that and that trend, correct me if I am mistaken, started in the beauty and fashion industries. Women in particular are photoshopped into someone's vision of perfection. That "standard" is unreal and unfair to women.

Someone should chronicle out the rise of the fashion/beauty industry and it's potential damage on the psyche of the modern woman. You could call it Chasing Beauty, The unattainable standard as set by the makers of your favorite beauty products and fashion magazines.

I touched on my interpretation of beauty a while back.

So yes, that headline brought me to scribble in this journal.

Don't beat up on the tool, beat up on the person who used it. Then beat up on the publisher who let it roll. Making songs like the one below and being vocal about equal representation, rights, honest advertising, and so forth for average looking (read; most everyone in the world) people is fine and good. If you want to change it even more quick, don't buy Elle, Cosmo or any of these magazines that over-cook (slang for over photoshopping) the girls.

One last thing, why beat up on makeup? I've seen that thrown under the bus a lot too. You don't like it? Don't wear it. You want to get good at it so that you can change your looks on command, go to school for it. It's a means to end. Learn how much is enough and know that more times than not, LESS is MORE.


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