We are fooled into thinking we are so much worse than we are. How??? We are being forced to compare ourselves to lies — to beautiful people retouched into impossibly beautiful people.
Really, this IS false advertising — right down to the definition!
There isn’t one photo out there that isn’t telling a lie to some extent. No publication would publish a photo that wasn’t retouched to some extent. (Excluding, of course, tabloids who want celebrities to look bad. But in those cases, they are probably also retouched photos — made to look worse!)
Curvy Girl Guide recently posted about a study by Dartmouth College about the problem of photo retouching in the media, showing some of the shocking before and after photos of celebrities enhanced with Photoshop.
The study goes so far as to suggest legislating photo retouching…