There are a lot of articles, photos, and gifs in the media detailing the affects of airbrushing and how designers use Photoshop to make celebrities look more “beautiful.” For instance, Buzzfeed posted an article featuring 17 gifs of celebrities before and after being photoshopped. The article is really astonishing.
In light of the protests against Teen Vogue and Seventeen magazine (both of whom did not, though Seventeen said it would, alter their Photoshop policies) earlier this May, Alexandra Shulman, editor of Vogue UK, said they are planning to release a film for schools detailing what happens at a photo shoot in an attempt to promote healthier attitudes towards body image among teens.
The film will detail behind the scenes at a fashion shoot to show “the difference between fashion and reality and how a fashion image is constructed,” she told The Independent.
The film, which is also a part of Vogue ’s Health Initiative, aims topromote healthy body image within the fashion industry through various pledges - “including not using models under the age of 16 and adhering to strict codes of conduct when working with models such as ensuring they are provided with sufficient healthy food, privacy and rest,” according to The Telegraph.
"It’s basically a huge team of people that go in to create the image, of which retouching is the icing on the cake," she said. "You can do far more with lighting and make-up," according to Shulman.
Looking at the above photos, it seems that there is a lot more retouching and airbrushing that goes into a celebrities appearance than Shulman or other fashion editors and designers are willing to admit.
Though Vogue’s efforts are commendable, making a film about the fashion industry’s post-production work, ultimately will not be that helpful in curbing the bombarding problematic images of beauty and weight maintenance that pervade our media. Not only are the images photoshopped and airbrushed, many of the women, Kim Kardashion and Penelope Cruz have obviously had there skin lightened.
I personally, would love to see a celebrity who is brave enough to ask not to be photoshopped, but I’ll hold my breath.