16.4.10

BEFORE/AFTER

In an uncommon celebrity move, Britney Spears allowed a couple original "raw" images from her photo shoot for Candies to be published alongside the heavily airbrushed versions. . . We rarely get to see these before/afters when it comes to magazine shoots. I honestly wish that there were more examples of this available. I would love the affirmation that these women are in fact normal too. The images below are the only ones i was able to find when i searched google on this topic.

I understand that magazines often/always smooth out skin and fix shadows, but to drastically change the shape of a person's body is just insane! I wonder if these celebrities/models even have a say in the issue. . . would you want your body digitally tightened if it were to be viewed by millions of Americans in a magazine? I hate to say it but i think i would. If the shit-storm Mischa Barton has received over her less-than firm backside is any indication of what would fall upon me, i don't want that. I don't deserve that. I don't need fucking Perez Hilton telling the world what i already think about myself.

What do you guys think? Do you want to see more of the real thing, or are you perfectly happy with the perfected verions. . .


Brave move: Britney Spears has allowed airbrushed images from her shoot to be released along with the original raw photos which show all her imperfectionsBrave move: Britney Spears has allowed airbrushed images from her shoot to be released along with the original raw photos which show all her imperfectionsBritney Spears in her Candies advertShaping up: The pop star's whole body has been trimmed down with the use of a computer, even down to removing a tattoo on her back

Clarkson has a butt in the before . . . but in the after it has mysteriously disappeared.

I always loved this Bazaar Magazine editorial (shot by the amazing Peter Lindbergh) with iconic, slightly older, models without makeup or retouching (so the magazine claimed). But we must remember, they are still models and i have a hard time believing i wouldn't be knocked to the ground if i ever ran into Amber Valletta in real life sans makeup.
Supermodels without makeup and retouching (8 pics)

16 Comments:

Blogger Sarah A. said...

i honestly think the befores look better than the afters for britney. and kelly clarkson sort of looks exactly the same? the demi moore is the freaky one because well, is that even her body at all?!

April 16, 2010 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger thatsorad said...

I think it is sad.....although....I do take wrinkles out from time to time....but I dont crop bodies, esp mine for my blog. I think that is why street style and blogging is so popular....it is is REAL!

April 16, 2010 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger Miss M said...

poor Brit, she needs all f-ing help she can get...
Miss M

April 16, 2010 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger hélène said...

Not gonna lie, i'm a fervent advocate for retouching! I would absolutely want my photo to be retouched it was for commercial purposes, anyone who says the opposite is completely lying. HOWEVER! There is a difference between improvement and transformation. It's a fine like that unfortunately many do cross a little too often it seems...

April 16, 2010 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Thea said...

I agree with you, it'd be really great to see women in their true form, not the re-touched idealized version. Jessica Simpson is a recent Marie Claire cover girl who allowed her photos to be un-touched in the post-production process. Here's a link about it: http://www.waleg.com/celebrities/archives/019528.html

April 16, 2010 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger bravegrrl said...

i think retouching and transformation are two different things... so i guess i sit in the middle with this one. i don't really see anything wrong with retouching, taking out bruises, etc.... but to entirely change someone is a bit much...

i absolutely adore the demi cover, but have no idea what kind of retouching they did... is it her... i mean she does have a great body in real life...

anyways, great post and i think it is cool that britney allowed those pix to be released :)

xo

April 16, 2010 at 2:27 PM  
Blogger Sister Wolf said...

1. Britney looks hotter in 'before'
2. Demi should just die.

April 16, 2010 at 3:31 PM  
Blogger THE DIVINITUS said...

i want a real thing. tired of rubbery 'smart blur' obvious overdose.

btw ania rubik body for demi moore is a ridiculous stretch.

April 16, 2010 at 10:24 PM  
Blogger Contempo Ingenue said...

i like having access to the unretouched photos, its reassuring to know that not even celebrities are perfect.

the contemporary ingenue

xoxo E&L

April 17, 2010 at 1:31 AM  
Blogger Rosie said...

Yes, I kind of agree with you. I think there is a happy medium between no retouching at all and full on body modification...and britney's body shape is much much more appealing in the before picture! I'd rather have the first figure to be honest!

April 17, 2010 at 7:48 AM  
Anonymous Cami said...

Demi Moore reminds me of that film Death becomes her. Eternal youth is a scary thing. And I agree, Britney looks absolutely fine in the before shots.Get rid of the bruises but leave the fucking waist and thighs as is.
If shots of me were to go to press I agree with comments above, a little improvement here and there but not decapitation thanks.

April 18, 2010 at 1:08 AM  
Blogger elizabethandcatherine said...

wow it's just so depressing really! especially celebrities who are supposed to be 'role models' whether they like it or not.
what a false representation of beauty!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I understand the whole airbrushing of bruises or blemishes, but not to make them so frickin' skinny
xox

April 18, 2010 at 7:02 AM  
Blogger April said...

Wow, this is insane. I didn't know they completely change the shape of the body either! That's just ridiculous, because these women are already gorgeous and skinny in my book to begin with! Making them even skinnier is just terrible.

April 18, 2010 at 9:53 AM  
OpenID battlingthedinosaurs said...

awww man, is it rude to say that Britney is the only one that need airbrushing?

April 18, 2010 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

I'm okay with colour/shadow (unless its a make-up ad, maybelline, my skin blates isnt going to look like that, people have pores!!) but I wouldn't let someone change the shape of my or completely airbrush out cellulite.

April 19, 2010 at 6:11 AM  
Anonymous hanna said...

i'm okay and with covering up undereye-shadows to make the model look less tired and smoothing over bruises like on brit's legs but i really don't understand the slimming and transforming. i mean, couldn't they just hire a model who doesn't have any thighs and bum if that's what they're after? why hire a normal sized woman if that's so unbelievably hard to look at... ridiculous.

April 19, 2010 at 10:54 AM  

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