Have you ever noticed how celebs often look a little too perfect in magazines? Like their skin has such a bright glow you're harboring a growing concern that all celebrities are secretly ghosts? Turns out that very few of these photos are accurate depictions of what the celebrities really look like. The industry has taken to photoshopping photos like mad scientists, adding unrealistically huge knockers and even more imaginary waistlines. Constant exposure to these artificial Frankenstein-bodies ingrains in people that this physique is the ideal to strive for, even when it's not humanly possible to achieve. The American Medical Association has decided to take a stand against rampant photo retouching, declaring the practice detrimental to your health. And there are a few celebrities joining their fight.
- Keira Knightley. When King Arthur premiered in 2004, Keira Knightley was shocked to see parts of her body, two in particular, on the movie poster that she did not recognize. Her normally boyish physique had been airbrushed to showcase much larger and more bountiful breasts, telling a US magazine "those things certainly weren't mine." And she wasn't simply sporting a Victoria's Secret push-up. Keira was so averse to the virtual boob job that when Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End debuted, she refused to allow the production company to get Photoshop-happy, leaving the non-retouched posters without an unwanted overabundance of breast. Check out the before and after King Arthur photos, as well as the Pirates.
- Andy Roddick. Andy Roddick's body wasn't just enhanced... it was entirely replaced. The tennis star saw a picture of himself on the cover of Men's Fitness, super buff and super not his body. They went so far as to put his head on an entirely different torso! Talk about false advertising. Roddick was not shy about the incident, laughing it off. It does however, make the headline "Big Arms in 5 Easy Moves" seem a like a lie as big as Roddick's fake arms. Check the cover out!
- Brad Pitt. While he used to make hearts flutter with his golden hair and burning gaze, Brad Pitt, now 47, is embracing his age along with his wrinkles. In a photoshoot for W magazine, Pitt not only refused any retouching but requested a photographer known for his extremely detailed photos that highlight all skin imperfections. We have to admit however... forehead wrinkles, weathered skin and all, he still makes our knees a little wobbly.
- Kim Kardashian. Complex Magazine recently made a big boo-boo by printing a photoshopped picture of Kim Kardashian and accidentally publishing the untouched version online. In the original, her thighs look larger, her stomach less trim, and her skin tone less unbelievably smooth as if she were made of marble. However, she still looked great—she looked real and she responded saying just that on her blog: "I’m proud of my body and my curves and this picture coming out is probably helpful for everyone to see that just because I am on the cover of a magazine doesn’t mean I’m perfect." Get it, girl. Check out both photos!
- Jessica Simpson. Jessica Simpson not only speaks out against flagrant photoshopping in her own life, she's gotten involved with Operation Smile to start A Beautiful Me, a campaign to motivate teens to embrace their inner beauty. And she practices what she preaches: Simpson did a make-up free photo shoot for Marie Claire, looking beautiful without help from computer enhancements or cosmetics.
What Can You Do?
- Set up a pledge drive to inspire people to appreciate their bodies at least once a day.
- Create a survey to discover your friends and family members' self-images.
- Host a lock-in that focuses on empowering eachother!