Photoshop is a powerful tool and most people would be aware of its capabilities. The tool is often used to “beautify” photographs. Pictures of models are often airbrushed to remove blemishes, and mask cellulite. At times, models are also digitally slimmed down to fit ‘conventional’ beauty norms. The usage of Photoshop to enhance images has now been popularised as many chose to alter their images, which has also aggravated insecurities about body image.
Two plus-sized models Diana Sirokai and Callie Thorpe recently shared a heavily edited picture of themselves to prove how easy it is to create a “perfect body” and internalise it. The models also shared an unedited version of the picture just to give people an idea of what normal REALLY looks like. “The purpose of this was to show you all how magazines and the media takes (sic) editing to a different level,” Sirokai wrote. “Models and celebrities do not even look like theirselves (sic). We live in such a fake world its time to bring real back.”
SWIPE FOR REALITY Myself and @calliethorpe have asked our photographer @photo_karizza to use photoshop on us. I have to say we look Amazing both ways. The purpose of this was to show you all how magazines and the media takes editing to a different level. Models and celebrities do not even look like theirselves. We live in such a fake world its time to bring real back. Own who you are and slay ! #AConfidentYou
Thorpe emphasised on the fact how such an unhealthy body image leave women laden with insecurities. She stated how being subjected to such “perfect airbrushed and often altered images” leave women with a messed up idea of body goals, when they should really be happy with the way they look instead of trying to alter our looks. She wrote, “Whilst photoshop has its place and need in some parts of industries this is extreme when it comes to editing, it just goes to show how much we can really alter ourselves.”
Here is a comparison of the two photos:
“I have to say we look Amazing both ways,” Sirokai wrote. Thorpe was also pleased with the original photo and said, “I think @dianasirokai and I look perfect just as we are, two friends smiling for a photo.”
“We want to show women that it’s okay to look ‘normal’ to have cellulite, stretch marks and tummies that aren’t flat and toned. Be happy with you who you are and the skin you are in.”
Their followers appreciated the bold step taken by the two models to normalise the true normal. “Omg I love the way you make a point with this,” wrote one Instagram user. “You both look amazing. You really can be proud of who you are and you are a real inspiration for a lot (of) people,” stated another.
They are an inspiration indeed and we hope media ends their age-old tradition of propagating an unreal and unattainable body type because it’s about time we lived in reality.
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