The truth about Photoshop

Nothing is always as it appears to be.

Barbie Dolls

Have you ever been flicking through one of those magazines with all the skinny, tall, tanned, pretty, perfect models advertising some fancy brand, and you look at those flawless people thinking, 'will I ever look like this?' ? Well, that answer is simple; no. Not because you're not pretty enough, or not skinny or tanned enough, or your body doesn't look like it was manufactured in a Barbie factory, but simply because no one on Earth can or will ever look like this. It is physically impossible. Do you think these models were just born looking this amazing? Of course not, they look just like you and me. But the problem is, the media doesn't like how normal women look, they want to design and build a perfect little clone for their magazine covers, which was when Photoshop was invented.
The excessive use of photoshop in teen magazines
See, even Britney Spears and Kim Kardashian are not perfect. Just think about it, have you ever seen someone as flawless as magazine (photoshopped) models, walking down the street or going grocery shopping? No, you haven't. And why's that? Because they do not exist.

Look at how powerful the effects of Photoshop are, they can change any imperfection or flaw into absolute excellence. Photoshop could probably turn a piece of pizza into an ideal model... oh wait, it can.

Photoshop Has Gone Too Far
Nowadays, women are expected to look like these magazine models, if not, it is consider unattractive and ugly. That puts an enormous amount of pressure on teenagers and young women, making them believe that this is the only way to be beautiful. This is wrong and should be stopped.

This particular body shape, skin colour, hair colour, why is this marked as beautiful, sexy, and attractive? Because of the media. Because this is what is stuck onto every magazine cover, every billboard, every television advertisement, every movie. And as a result, it sets the bar far too high for expectation of women. Not you, or anyone you know will never be good enough, pretty enough, skinny enough, tanned enough to become this, because this is not a living being, it is a computer.

The importance of Photoshop..

Why is Photoshop so important and so commonly used? What good does it do?

It mutates the normal image of women, changing the way they are expected to look, and also causes huge health problems with teenage girls who are reading these magazines, or looking at these posters of fake human beings, believing with every cell in their body and mind that this is the only acceptable way to look.

How can that be okay?

This leads them down the path of depression and eating disorders. Photoshop, although many say will do no damage, is actually unbelievably harmful, and it does lead to very real, and horrible consequences.

  • 42% of girls in years 1-3 want to be thinner. These are girls aged 6-8. Why should a little girl that age be insecure about her body.
  • 78% of 17-year-old girls are unhappy with their bodies. Seventy-eight per cent.
  • 30% of high-school girls and 16% of high-school boys have an eating disorder.
  • Teenage girls said they are “more afraid of gaining weight than getting cancer, losing their parents, or being in a nuclear war.”

So, please, tell me how amazing Photoshop is again?

How can young girls support their own health?

As hard as it is to see a person and not think that this is their real appearance, it's important to have it in the back of your mind when seeing these photoshopped models on the front cover of magazines. So, some ideas to support your health would be:

  • Avoid looking at or reading these types of magazines as they will only make you feel worse.
  • Even though it's hard, remember this isn't really what these people look like.
  • Love yourself, always.
  • Know that there are healthy and very real ways to become fit and have a toned body.
  • Appreciate what you have, as there is always someone who doesn't have what you have.