When Photoshop Goes Too Far

by Lindsay Shapka in ,

Two stories have been floating around on social media this week that showcase how extreme and unrealistic our expectations of what female beauty looks like are. Check out the links below and let me know what you think! 

  • What If Famous Paintings Were Photoshopped To Look Like Fashion Models? This fantastic post by Lauren Wilde, Senior Photo Editor for takepart.com, shows the incredibly unrealistic expectations that we place on women in fashion. She has photoshopped today's measurements on the beautiful female forms painted by masters like Degas, Raphael and Titian. The results are shocking. 
  • Before & After Esther Honig sent a photo of herself to 40 photo editors in over 25 countries and asked them to make her beautiful. The results showcase how elusive the concept of beauty is, especially when looked at through the filter of different cultural norms and expectations. The slide show of images she has received back next to her original image definitely speaks to the idea that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder".