Imperfect Celebrities

May 13, 2009 at 10:33 am 8 comments

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.


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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. WSW  |  May 13, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    True..dunno if u remember the time Julia Roberts went to Notting Hill premiere with underarm stubble…the major controversy it caused!!!
    Btw there were so many posts to read..loved the one of fake boobies as well…

    • 2. spamwarrior  |  May 13, 2009 at 2:26 pm

      oh wow! I can’t imagine…

    • 3. ¿W?  |  May 20, 2009 at 5:23 pm

      no no, the real underarm story was barbara streisand… does anyone remember that besides me?

  • 4. productplacementtheblog  |  May 13, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    You know what is amazing about the Kim what’s-her-name pic? What they did to her thighs. I want that done to me in real life. They actually removed the kind of weird mottling that everyone normal gets.
    Perfect Lady, a question for you, where do you live? (If you don’t mind my British impertinence…).

  • 5. alantru  |  May 13, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    I think the reason so many celebrities are hooked on drugs, have nervous breakdowns, and plastic surgery is because they re just so darned happy.

    • 6. ¿W?  |  May 20, 2009 at 5:22 pm


  • 7. crouchingwayne  |  May 14, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    Retouching just means when you meet/see someone in real life it is a huge disappointment.

    Natural/normal make up for the win.

  • 8. ¿W?  |  May 20, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    lol sadly I do know who Kim is but I haven’t seen her show ever. there is a fantastic video on youtube where they show you how they get from one girl to another and you would swear on your life that it is not the same girl. it is crazy what they can do on photoshop! what’s more crazy is just how much they do… when retouching came out, i was under the impression it was used just for blemishes. but no… these days they use it to set eyes further apart, change facial shapes, change limbs (as you mentioned) and overall completely alter a person’s appearance.

    do you ever wonder what you would look like if you took a picture for a magazine (aka augmented and turned into a supermodel)?

    maria from


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