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Imperfect Celebrities

We all know that celebrities and supermodels are some of the world’s most beautiful women. We know that they have money and often boyfriends that we’d like to have. No wonder we envy them so much…

However, what’s a lady to do if even celebrities and models aren’t perfect enough?

Sadly, that seems to be the case.

I stumbled on this site some time ago. It provides professional photo retouching services and has been described as “an unparalleled groundbreaking digital artist/illustrator always coming up with unique styles and versatility.” It’s called iWANEX STUDIO. When you go to the site, click on “portfolio” for samples of what they do. Click on a thumbnail, and then hover the mouse over the picture to see what they looked like before. The results are amazing.

Oh wait. Those people are celebrities, aren’t they?

Their names aren’t provided, but I’m pretty sure one of them is Cate Blanchett.

Which leads to a troubling question. If even the world’s most beautiful women (and men) have to be touched up to such an extent, then what hope is there for us ordinary ones?

425px-pretty_woman_moviepreviewAnother study found that in movies, body doubles are used to substitute for “imperfect” female movie stars. Stars like our very own Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. If you look at the Internet Movie Database and click on “trivia” you’ll find that Julia Robert’s head was superimposed over Shelley Michelle’s body for the cover.

I mean, if it had been a stunt double, that would have been a different matter. Different matter. But it’s only a body double… only because Julia Roberts’s body wasn’t pretty or sexy enough.

I found another site here that does celebrity/model touchups. Warning: Site takes a ridiculously long time to load. They also do a really really good job! Notice the woman wearing the dark green strapless. If you click the original, she looks a lot older and has more bags. The touched up one has her eyes more brilliantly green to match the dress. No bags, either!

The mermaid picture was rather interesting as well. Another one that was rather shocking was of a model wearing underwear. You could see her… boobies and stuff. I clicked the original and you could see MORE boobies. And she had a huge smile that they altered to make it more modelesque. Her hair, too.

They also do retouching on stuff like watches. There’s a picture of a rather ordinary looking watch. Then it is transformed into something that looks uber expensive.

gallery_enlarged-kim-kardashian-vegRemember Kim Karshadian? She posed for Complex magazine some time ago. Apparently there was some fuss because an untouched photo of her leaked in the issue… and it was, like, right next to the retouched photo. In the new version, she looks smoother and thinner, with lighter limbs. It was taken down, but the fuss remained.

Karshadian said, “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.”

She’s also released a sex video. If you don’t know who the heck Karshadian is, she has a reality TV show somewhere, that I’ve never watched.

Anyway, this all goes to show that even celebrities are imperfect. They have cellulite, age spots, fat, and acne, just like we do. However, they have something we don’t.

They have airbrush.

May 13, 2009 at 10:33 am 8 comments

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