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Photoshop... Why Celebrities Are So Beautiful (?)

Updated on July 11, 2016
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Image. It seems that today everyone is concerned with image. Everyone wants to look younger, sexier, and "hotter". We are daily bombarded with images of the "beautiful" people; and who doesn't want to look "beautiful" too? Many of us not only admire the beauty of celebrities we see on film, television,in print, and on the web; but we certainly see these images as the standard by which beauty is measured.

The question is if this standard is to high??? Especially when you consider the fact that the "beautiful people" are aided by the magic of things like Photoshop.

Photoshop: to alter (a digital image) with Photoshop software or other image-editing software especially in a way that distorts reality (as for deliberately deceptive purposes)

Many are trying to attain a something that isn't attainable; because it doesn't exist in reality. This unrealistic image is especially horrible to, and for women.

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The Most Beautiful...

Aishahwarya Rai has been called the most beautiful woman in the world... and it can definitely be said she is pleasing to the eye; but industry professionals have even found it necessary to touch her already wonderful pictures up.Giving her an image that no one could live up to unless they were computer generated.Such computer generated images are used for the "perfect" body types as well. One body can be used to represent the heads of nearly any model... via the magic of technology.

On a recent Katie Couric show; one former industry professional revealed this very fact, and although such foolishness has been going on for years; you can't tell that to impressionable teenagers who believe these bogus images, and obsess over such, to the point of pushing themselves into anorexia and bulimia

this perfectly beautiful model... is so because her real head sits on a computer generated body...
this perfectly beautiful model... is so because her real head sits on a computer generated body... | Source
two looks for the same model
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Making It So

Men , although certainly less than women , are also bombarded by images too high to attain. although certainly there is nothing wrong with wanting to look your personal best; where is the 'personal" in personal best.Are young boys also seeing someone else's personal best as theirs? Do we as a society allow media to place expectations too high for our young boys too? I would say certainly!

It could probably be said that all this altering was harmless, and that it doesn't really affect people.If, however that were true then these companies that sell everything from magazines to lipsticks wouldn't continue to shove these images down our throats, and spend the monies(they value so much) to do so.

In recent years too there has been an incredible amount of growth in the areas of cosmetic surgery; for instance, Americans alone spent 10 billion dollars on cosmetic procedures.

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Which Is Tyra?
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A Few Celebrities Without All the Flair

Here are some celebrities in their super, and their mortal guises.

Looking like anyone else...

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The Reality of This "un"reality

We have a society of people so obsessed with looks that it is often the greatest issue in choosing a mate. This could definitely be reason for rising divorce rates, and a string of other problems that the break-down of family structure can cause societies in general. According to a British Universities study by Dr. Phillipa Deidrichs 30% of women surveyed (2011) would trade one year of their lives to achieve their ideal body weight and shapes.

  • 46% of the women surveyed had been ridiculed or bullied because of their looks
  • over 90% of the women surveyed said they had negative thoughts about their appearance, at least once a day
  • 10% of these women would trade from 2-5 years of their lives for that aforementioned body



This image based society has brought about such tragedy as cosmetic surgery nightmares, tanning booth cancers, anorexia nervosa, and shows like Basketball Wives...


Recently Valeria Lukyanova drew much attention, and was hailed as a "real life' barbie. Many laughed at her, and thought her decision to go under the knife to achieve this status was insane; I beg to differ, because it seems in this current "looks are everything' world she is becoming the norm.


Laurinzo Scott 2013

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Very well said! both the media, fashion magazines pressure women to be thin and look sexually attractive. Certain designers such as abercombie & Fitch keep designing smaller and smaller denim jeans making young girls feel insecure about their bodies internalizing the "thin or anorexic" image"portrayed in the media. And so then, women strive to achieve perfection by increasing their boobs, getting botox or plastic surgery in order to achieve that ideal image that is going to make them feel more loved and desired by the opposite sex. I don't know why the obsession with big breasts, but most of the implants look fake regardless of how nice and firm they are. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and women should just be happy with what they have rather than constantly comparing themselves to others. Voted up!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I want to be photo-shopped! For fun of course, not to decieve the public such as celebrities do. I like when celebs get photographed being the "real deal" it shows their fans how fake the "shopped" photos are. When my daughters were young they use to look at magazines and think their "idols" were so "perfect" they know otherwise now. Excellent hub Laurinzo.

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      mikeydcarroll67 4 years ago

      Definitely an eye opener. I guess I am a bit odd since I don't really care for how a person looks. But guess some people are influenced by appearances.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you Linda for your comments; but you dear friend are too lovely to be Photoshopped...we love you just the way you are

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      You are not odd Mikey ; but I wouls say exceptional, ans spiritually mature!!!

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you Lovedoctor for your very insightful comments... I agree that some focus on looks way to much, and women are especially hit by this unworthy pressure...

      It is so much better to focus on the "inside" of yourself and others

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Photo shop is on my schedule..

      Awesome.. hub. Great. Love it.

      .. lol

      Debbie

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Lol... Deborah you definitely don't need to Phtoshop

      Thanks for the reading and comments my friend

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Interesting hub, Laurinzo! I understand the process but I guess I'm an oddity. I like people looking natural. :)

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      As do I Bill, an really not into the plastics... on face or otherwears... lol

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Great hub. True beauty comes from the heart no doubt! But in this world, there is no doubt about the emphasis on the outside beauty. I thought that last photo was a doll, until I realized it was a real person! Oops. Where is the photo shop equipment? LOL

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Right I am away to exlpore photshop shortly.

      Thank you so much for sharing

      Have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Imagine trading life for looks. Sounds like ingratitude to me! Anyway, your presentation is very good. Thanks!

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Yes Faith that is a real woman... and unfortunately Barbie parts are probably more posable than hers... I just fear for the young and impressionable

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you Eddy

      we love you just the way you are my friend...

      you too, thanks

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      I can't imagine anything more precious than the life God gave us... I agree MsDora

      Thank you so much for the comments

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Oh, I am one of those over 90% of the women surveyed said they had negative thoughts about their appearance, at least once a day.

      Only one out of ten pictures of myself happens to be good enough to display. We can all look like models with the help of a little Photoshop.

      Relevant topic, well-presented...

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      It seems many are of your opininon Martie, about using Photoshop; which actually proves the point I was making that it is the society we are in

      it is anyone's choice to do so; but I never would

      Take this ugly old mug as it is... lol

      Thanks for the reading and insight!!!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      EXCELLENT hub, Laurinzo, another one of my pet peeves: misrepresented images of women and our obsession to be something that we are not. Thank you for this, voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you for your cooments Jan, and God bless you

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Can you apply photshop to my aging body before I leave the house the next time?

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      I am sure you are not in need of such

      Thank for the reading and comment my friend!!!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Photo shop is on my schedule..

      Awesome.. hub. Great. Love it.

      .. lol

      Debbie

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thanks for the reading and comments Deborah...

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Really interesting contrasts here Laurinzo! I need to study up pn photoshop as well!

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you xstatic for your comments here...

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Very good and the video says a lot. Just human nature though and I doubt it will ever change. Too late in life we realize looks are so very fooling.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you for the reading and insightful comments... Jackie

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Laurinzo.. where are you .. there are so many of us that are worried about you.. Debbie

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you for the concern.... God bless you and all the wonderful people on the Hub!!!

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      cfin 3 years ago from The World we live in

      The best one is Sofia Vergara. You should add a picture of her without her makeup. The funny thing is that she did the whole "fake beauty" thing as part of a skit, a joke. And then she was rated as the sexiest woman in the world.

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      grannieglennie@gmail.com 11 months ago

      Physical beauty is only skin deep - and it's going to disappear eventually. What counts in the long term is what is in the heart - and that show is a face that is full of wisdom, kindness and serenity when a person is old.

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      Live To Write 11 months ago from Phoenix, Az.

      I couldn't agree with you more grannieglennie... the title may be misleading; because I REALLY feel celebrities are no more beautiful than anyone else... it is just the images the public are sold!!!

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