We all know Photoshop is an incredible program and that we shouldn’t believe everything we see.
Professional photographers know this all too well. As women, we constantly compare ourselves to photoshopped models and find our own selves lacking.
But I see a much bigger problem.
Photoshop and plastic surgery have similarities that are disturbing. (Author’s note: This is not an admonishment of surgically modifying your body, that’s a personal decision and I have no personal opinion about what you do with your own body.)
I do care about the implications of changing ourselves to fit an external ideal and how this will affect future generations. Do we want our grandchildren not to recognize themselves in photos from our youth?
We are choosing to erase our heritage so that we fit into what’s physically popular NOW.
- Turn on any episode of Real Housewives (insert city here) and you’ll see people of many different nationalities who look remarkably similar. Especially Real Housewives of Beverly Hills the second plastic surgery capital of the world.
- What if men got surgery to look like Greek statues? First, the whole fig leaf thing would be weird and second, women today aren’t attracted to that ideal. Tim Tebow has been called Greek statuesque, but he’s much taller, broader and tanner than his Greek counterparts.
- Just as photoshop erases lines, thins features, and seeks an external beauty ideal, so does plastic surgery. There are frightening movements in the plastic surgery industry to erase ethnic heritage.
- Some clinics are even advertising ethnic plastic surgery which aims to improve but maintain your unique nationality, trying to maximize the inevitable (profitable?) gray area.
- An article on racialicious.com says, “Eyelid surgery is not simply a matter of wannabe white, it’s also about trying to remedy their experiences of racism.”
Is this truly a way to limit bullying? Or is it giving the bully FAR more power than they ever hoped for?
You’d have to live under a rock not to have seen the progression Michael Jackson’s face took over the years. Skin condition aside, he had major work done.
I imagine a deep self-hatred led to trying to match his image to what he felt was socially most attractive and lovable. If he had only been HIMSELF he would have been much more than enough and role model to people everywhere regardless of race.
I take Photoshop VERY seriously and have a strict code of ethics that I follow when retouching clients.
Photoshop is something I take seriously. So I toiled over the idea of taking a photo of myself and trying to use Photoshop to erase my ethnicity to make an example for this blog.
But, honestly, it creeped me out! And I’m PROUD of my heritage, dark eyebrows, curves and all. So a better image is one of me accepting myself and reveling in my unique beauty. That’s Guyanese (Indian), Arab, and Texan in my melting pot.
I’m proud y’all.
What do you love about yourself in photos? Share in the comments!
Iman Woods is an American artist who specializes in pin-up photography. Through a unique and therapeutic process, she’s spent over a decade in perfecting, Iman helps women undo the damage from a negative self-image and unrealistic beauty industry expectations. She helps women embrace their own style of beauty and see themselves in a new light. You can find her on her website, ImanWoods[dot]com.
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