Penelope Cruz before and after Photoshop

Penelope Cruz before and after Photoshop-  Found on

Sunday’s Miss USA, saw an explosion of twitter comments about Miss Indiana.  No, she wasn’t the winner, but rather a contestant  who wasn’t afraid to show her true and natural curves, and people LOVED it!!

Here are some of the comments…..

Stephi – “Upset. Miss Indiana looked like a normal person…and she didn’t make the cut. :(“

Katie Plowman “I love how Miss Indiana isn’t crazy skinny”

Stephanie Watson “Dear Miss Indiana thank you for looking like an average woman.”

Kadee McKoin“The fact that Miss Indiana is not a complete twig makes me really happy!”

Abby Snyder “I really wanted Miss Indiana to make it to the top 10. She was the only girl up there who had a relatively normal body.”

Are We Sick Of Massive Photoshopped Body Images?

It is almost common these days to spot a make-up commercial, or a skin cream ad with massive re-touching. We have all at one time or another compared ourselves to the women in the images in magazines or on tv.  Today it is really hard to gather a healthy self image when almost every photo of a woman that is featured looks alike.  The skin looks heavily airbrushed, and todays magazines don’t allow any extra weight on the thighs, or mid section.  This doesn’t give real women a positive self image, when all we see are fake images.

The average woman sees 600 Photoshopped images per day. What are YOU comparing yourself to?

Is there any wonder why people like to pick up People Magazine and gaze at celebs walking around in their every day clothes, without massive editing?  They want to see real person, in their natural form.

Today, it isn’t just a little feathering, and slight re-touching of the skin that we see in magazines and tv ads, but rather photo editing programs allow beauty magazines to slim down the legs, arms, tummy, and smooth out the skin in a massive way.

There isn’t anything wrong with re-touching photos, but many people are protesting that these editing programs have gone too far when they are removing 5 pounds from the model’s body, amongst other things.

Take just a few minutes to look at this video, which shows digital manipulation that illustrates what can be done with post production photo editing, using a “Live” model.

Do you really trust the images presented in a commercial with the latest beauty skin creams, when you see they can re-touch live models?  I am sure they do this in movies as well.

What’s With 10- 14 year Old Models? 

Re-touching on the runway, cannot be faked to a large degree.  Even there, we find a distorted view on what is “beautiful”.  The models you see on the catwalk, in Paris and Milan often get started at age 5 to 10 years old.  Can you really tell the difference between a model that is 25 and 13?  They select these young girls because they are more youthful, and their skin and bodies appear younger.

It seems like in our day and age, we are rewarding, super thin looking women, and because most women don’t look this way, the industry is now getting the “ideal image” from little girls who haven’t even hit their teen age years.  How sick have we become?

The Documentary “Girl Model”  (See it on Netflix)

This documentary reveals the modeling industry told through the experiences of the scouts, agencies, and a 13-year-old model.

10-14 year old models have become more the norm today in the fashion industry, and has been recruited at this age for years.  I am sure that isn’t something that many know about.

When the make-up is applied to a little girl, and her hair is done, and her photograph is taken, rarely can you tell the difference, unless you hear her talk.

At 10 years old,  the industry views a young girls skin as fresh and vibrant.  Their bodies haven’t finished growing, so often times these girls will have the length to their legs, without the extra added (normal weight) form around the thighs.  Their legs are a lot slender, compared to fully mature women.  As we reach our 20’s  our waists thicken up, and our legs also fill out.  This is natural, and no amount of diets can change this appearance, unless you radically starve yourself which many models are doing.

Below I included a gallery of images of women in the 20’s-50’s to show you that women’s bodies aren’t naturally meant to be stick thin.  When we get older it is natural for our hips to plump out, our rear ends to be a bit bigger, and our waists to be straighter.

At the age of 10, the waist of a girl is smaller, which designers prefer.  It is no wonder the average women feels like she cannot measure up.

The Documentary Chasing Beauty, (See it on Netflix)

This documentary is another great film to watch which shows the torture these ladies go through to model.   The most interesting aspect of the film is the fight to stay thin.  In one part of the film, a model reveals that for years, the only thing she would eat is coffee with whipped cream and cigarettes, and later revealed that she didn’t get her period until 21. She admitted she was always fearful that her decisions would ruin her chances of pregnancy later in life.

Another model spilled that one of her friends would eat cotton balls dipped in orange juice to feel full.   It was revealed that most models get wrapped up in the idea of being able to land a show for Prada, or yve saint Laurent, that they loose the weight to be more marketable.

It was mentioned that the size of the models were determined by the fashion houses, not the modelling agencies.

An agent talks about diets and body image “…..And another thing, it is not the agents that dictate the size of the model, its the designer.  The designer makes the clothes, and it’s the designer that sets the theme

They discuss that the fashion houses make clothing sets in one size.  So if you, (as a model) cannot fit that size, you simply cannot model for their house, or any designer for that matter, because most houses generally require the same size.  Interesting enough, they choose such a small size to save money on the fabrics.  If a fabric is 150 dollars per yard, they actually loose money accepting 2 sizes bigger than what they require.  So in essence, they force their models to starve themselves to model in their show (year round) , because they want to save a couple $$$ grand in fabric.   It goes to show you that this industry has no values, or care for the models that represent their brands.

A model reflects on her cancelled contract with IMG Models “I figured that when you sign that contract, you pretty much sign away your body.  They decide what look they want for you, your hair, everything”

This post is to remind you to not compare yourself to what you see on tv, facebook, magazines, because of the massive re-touching.  You are uniquely made, and aging is natural, and lovely.

The bible tells us, that what God looks at is the heart, not what we look like.  In Proverbs 31, we are told the attributes of the ideal woman, based on Gods word.   She works eagerly, and has connections.  She provides for her family, and treats her employees well.  She is a woman that plans ahead, investing wisely. She opens her arms to the poor and never forgets about the needy.   She lifts up her husband, and has strength, dignity, and speaks with wisdom.  She knows that beauty is fleeting; and knows that a woman who fears the Lord is to be lifted up by the King Of Kings.

More Interesting Links

-Real Bodies- How people look without Photoshop. From skinny to fat to fit Pinterest

– Beauty Documentary: The Depth of Beauty –Youtube

– Celebrities Before and After Photoshop Touch Ups (25 pics)

– More Realistic Pictures of Celebrities without Photoshop (12 pics)
– Kate Hudson without photoshop- Pinterest

– Victoria Secret Model Anne V on the beach vs. in magazine- Pinterest

-Powerful video comment from Dustin Hoffman on the unforgettable lesson he learned playing a woman in the comedy film “Tootsie.” Mind you, we’re still experiencing what he did for the first time when Tootsie was shot in 1981, but more so because of digital editing. – See it on Youtube

-37 Professional Photoshoppers Who Should Be Fired Immediately

– Marvellous make-overs: How a talented make-up artist transforms women –

-Victoria’s Secret Angel Erin Heatherton on photoshop: “This is what happens when you do a photo shoot; retouching is an essential part of our job, you know. We’re not selling reality; we’re selling a story. It’s all about creating this fantasy. And I don’t think people should confuse fantasy and reality because no one is perfect–we all know that...”

Miss Indiana - Miss USA Pageant 2014

Miss Indiana – Miss USA Pageant 2014

Watch Four Women React To Being Photoshopped Into Cover Models – Found on

Absolutely Ridiculous Standard Of Beauty In Just 37 Seconds


Jennifer Aniston Beauty

Yahoo Shine estimates that Jennifer Aniston spends $141,037 annually on her looks. I try to keep tabloidy speculation off of this board since it’s pointless entertainment, but this article made me think. Just how much money do professional pretty people spend to maintain the attractiveness required to stay employed? If this is anywhere close to accurate, it’s at least double an average American’s annual wage (and doesn’t account for a clothing stylist too). See it here on

Unnecessary Photoshop

 Unnecessary Photoshop –  Found on

Unnecessary Photoshop

 Photoshop- Found on

Target Poorly Photoshopped A Higher Thigh Gap Onto A Junior's Swimsuit Model

Target Poorly Photoshopped A Higher “Thigh Gap” Onto A Junior’s Swimsuit Model 

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 Unnecessary Photoshop

Via Nicole Papp On Pinterest

 Unnecessary Photoshop

 Even Males get ‘make overs’  Found on

Both photos were taken on the same day. In the blue swimsuit beside her grandmother is Victoria's Secret model Cameron Russell.

Both photos were taken on the same day. In the blue swimsuit beside her grandmother is Victoria’s Secret model Cameron Russell. Found on

Photoshop editing

In April 2007, several Christian music artists came forward to question marketing that featured misleading images of themselves, with singer Nichole Nordeman leading the pack. Found on

Demi Moore is heavily airbrushed for this HR ad

 Demi Moore is heavily airbrushed for this HR ad

Seen On Maureen Corbett Gentile’s Pinterest

Photoshop Lies

“Misleading” Natalie Portman Mascara Ad Banned Because Of Retouching  Found on

Kate Upton Has A Photoshop Fail In Poolside Photo Shoot

Kate Upton Has A Photoshop Fail In Poolside Photo Shoot  Found on

Lady Gaga's Unretouched Versace Ads Were Leaked

Lady Gaga’s Unretouched Versace Ads Were Leaked Found on

Marilyn Monroe 1951

Marilyn Monroe circa 1951 The world’s biggest icon! Her tummy isn’t tightly toned, her thighs touch, her arms aren’t skinny, she has stretch marks and her boobs aren’t perky. She is known as one of the MOST BEAUTIFUL women in history. Be confident girls, so do not let any man, media or moment of judgement ever take away your confidence!  Found on

The Ideal Body Type

The Ideal Body Type Perception For Women In 18 Countries

UK based Superdrug Online Doctor hired female graphic designers in 18 countries to retouch the same portrait of a woman to become more attractive to their culture. The shocking responses show the dramatic differences in how different countries perceive beauty.

Some designers in North, South, and Central American countries produced an exaggerated hourglass figure, while European and Asian nations chose to render her so thin that it would fall into the danger zone of anorexia. China and Italy had the thinnest submissions.

A size 10 in the UK is a size 6 in the US which means that a typical woman who is a size 12 here in America would be considered a plus size in the UK. Isn’t that insane?

We are told by the measurement on our clothing what is deemed to be satisfactory, or overweight according to the designers in our own respective nations. Yet, if we were to lift ourselves out of the propaganda, we would see a wide variety of body attributes are considered to be beautiful by millions of people in other nations.

Jennifer Lopez appeared on the Dr Oz show one day, and was mentioning that she grew up in a Latin home where a larger derrière was considered to be beautiful. They would always joke that she had the biggest, and she was proud of that. She embraced her body and celebrated it.
Isn’t that what we should be doing as well?

Look at all the photoshop images at Superdrug Online Doctor


  • Miss M

    Our bodies need to be celebrated! The images we see today only make us feel like we don’t measure up. I am encouraged by old photos of ladies in the 40’s and 50’s. They show us what real looks like

  • gaynycdad

    I just heard about this on Chelsea Lately. Miss Indiana is gorgeous, her body is delicious! I do not understand why people worship women with their bones sticking on and call that beauty.Mitch

  • Miss Indiana is amazing looking. I’m so tired of seeing all of this photoshop crap. Nobody really believes people look like that and yet it totally messes with our heads!

  • Dina Demarest

    I am so impressed. I think Ms. Indiana looked great. I can’t stand that they use 10-14 year olds to tell us what we should look like. Talk about unrealistic. No wonder we all hate the way we look. 🙁

  • kay adeola

    Miss Indiana looked great so how she did not go further i have no idea.If you look back at all the women before Photoshop they were much more beautiful on pictures.I will never understand why they have to make them look what they see as perfect.I do not like my girls to see things like this i want them to know they are perfect and they do not have to be a twig.

  • Debbie Lamb

    This is a great post…we all need to be reminded that photos and TV are not always real pics! We are each beautiful!

  • Robin Rue

    It is really sad that it has come to this. Miss Indiana IS super skinny, so I am not even sure why it;s a news story. I don’t know how much more weight she could lose without being a skeleton.

  • Susanna Barbee

    Wow! What an awesome and enlightening post. It’s true that we compare ourselves to these pictures that aren’t even real. Crazy. I love the black and white vintage photos. Now those are some real curves.

  • Virginia @thatbaldchick

    While I don’t have a problem with photoshopping a red spot or lightly smoothing a wrinkle, that is just ridiculous. Fake beauty. That’s what it is.

  • Debbie Denny

    They take this “beauty” beyond ridiculous. Be real people.

  • Heidi

    Teenage girls definitely need to know about this!

  • So glad you shared all this! I’m currently in school studying nutrition science and am bombarded with stats regarding eating disorders. I have to admit, I have even noticed myself developing disordered eating habits trying to “measure up” to these impossible standards. It’s just unhealthy!

  • Honestly, it does not bother me. I work hard to teach my only daughter to love herself fully, in hopes that images that are Photoshopped will not give her any less of worthy feeling of her own self. It is not easy, but life isn’t easy, so I can only hope that it won’t matter what other females look like, so as long as she is confident with her own self. She is almost 12 and I can honestly say – so far so good!

  • cookiesandclogs

    Those are shocking images! Obviously we like things that are beautiful and I’ve been known to photoshop a few blemishes, teeth whitening, etc. before. I do think it’s important to teach our daughter, like Brandy said, about what real or what real beauty is. Ones that make models look anorexic are not okay though.

  • Thanks for shedding light on this topic. It doesn’t bother me to bad, but I know one day when I have children my whole perspective will change.

  • Liz Mays

    The only people who are actually real are those we see with our own eyes. This is disturbing!

  • Carly Anderson

    I love this, so important to remember!

  • traceynicole

    This is such a powerful and important post. Thanks for shedding so much light on this topic.

  • I wish more celebrities pushed for less photo shopping. As it should be giving them a complex as well.

  • Danielle

    This is all so crazy, it’s really just unbelievable. It’s too bad that all this photo editing has to be done. Why can’t we all just be more natural.

  • valmg

    When will some people learn that while people can be attractive, true beauty comes from the inside! – Jenn @ The Rebel Chick

  • Rachael Ebner

    Oh wow, I didn’t the extremes that photoshop could do. I am appalled that younger teenagers are being posed as adult models.

  • Theresa

    It’s so insane how we hold ourselves to these ridiculous standards. I think many of the before photoshop pics looks better than the after anyway! And you go Miss Indiana. She rocks her amazing curves!

  • Elizabeth @ Food Ramblings

    Photo shopping has gotten out of control! Looking through the pictures reminds me of that even more!

  • brett

    Photoshop is a good bad thing. And she is truly beautiful!!!

  • Trisha

    It’s unbelieveable. All of these women are gorgeous, why do we need to make them look “flawless”?

  • Gotta love the Marilyn Monroe photo! She is an icon. Thanks for sharing this round up.

  • You are right on. This is exactly why we cannot compare ourselves to anyone else. Especially not anyone on TV or in a picture.

  • Pauline Cab

    Wow! This post nailed it to right
    to the spot! I love how this post compared the photos with Photoshop and those
    which don’t. I really see how popular media is dictating our idea of beauty and
    how it can influence women to think less of their selves as they compare
    themselves to billboards and magazine models. Kudos to this post! 🙂

  • Veronica Solomon

    I am not sure why people care so much about how other people look. I try not to compare myself to anyone and I teach my kids the same. it is a dangerous cycle. Celeb can use all the photoshop trickery they want….it doesn’t phase me

  • Christie

    It’s astonishing how much this world values beauty from the outside.Thank you Miss Indiana!

  • mail4rosey

    I think it would be so hard to work in a world where everyone thought you needed to be retouched or airbrushed to look presentable. I’m glad there’s positive action being taken more and more to just appear natural.

  • Fake is fake. I really think we should be celebrating who we are, not an unnatural image put together with a program.

  • Lisa

    I’m not a fan of photo shopped beauty. At all. The only thing I usually do to myself is whiten my teeth a little bit. Why would someone want a photo out there that obviously is edited??

  • Ashley M

    It makes me so sick inside to know this is the ‘beauty’ my daughter is being raised with. i try so hard to keep this from her. To let her know she is beautiful as is.

  • none of this surprises me. Marilyn Monroe presented herself with confidence so that how we saw her

  • Camesha

    What’s crazy to me is that women are still willing to compare ourselves to computer generated images. It’s ashamed that these images are allowed all in the name of sales.

  • Carly

    Whoa! Technology is amazing. I honestly understand why they do it- for advertising purposes. I think it is up to us to sort out what is real or airbrushed. I am ok not looking over done:)

  • April Decheine

    I modeled in my early 20’s and remember seeing my pictures re-touched. It never really bothered me I guess. My daughter I am happy to say has grown up with a great self image. She knew early on how deceiving makeup etc can change our look not into who we really are.

  • QuestionableChoices

    It’s so crazy that we are bombarded with these images every day. We are creating such unrealistic images for ourselves and our kids.

  • Emily_faliLV

    I think we are sick of photoshop… That said… Ms. Indiana is beautiful and it was refreshing to see, but she is by NO means curvy and real looking. She’s still a size 2. 2 is not the average girl.

  • Photoshop has definitely gone too far. So many people chase after this “perfection” because of what they see in magazines and ads, with dangerous consequenses.

  • Mommy2jam

    I struggle with this.. so I am not sure how to answer this. I would like to say that I love the picture of marylin – its so true

  • I definitely struggle with comparing myself to what I see in magazines. I hate photo shop for that reason, it really can affect many women

  • tessii1

    I have to remind myself that those photos arent for real. they do a good job but they need to be more realistic.

  • Christina Shirley

    I love the picture of Marilyn Monroe. I think it’s awful how much is photoshopped these days. It’s not good for women or men to see that as what is real.