You’re not perfect, and that’s okay!

You’re not perfect, and that’s okay!

(Update 7/24/13: I added a few more before & afters, see if you can spot them!)

Hey everyone!

Do you ever have those days when you feel less than perfect? When you flip through magazines and wish you could look as gorgeous or as handsome as the models and celebrities that grace the pages of People, Vogue, Glamour, or Cosmo?

They’re not as flawless as you think.

Those images are photoshopped and create an unrealistic and warped representation of reality that a lot of young, impressionable people aspire to.

No bueno.

I mean, I’m a model, so my photos are edited too, and I’m aware of that. I think the important thing is for people to realize that the images they see are not always 100% the real deal. They have been modified to create a representation of reality—a so called “idealized” version that realistically isn’t possible to achieve. 

Check out these before and after photos of male and female celebrities and models to see what I mean and don’t forget to let us know what your opinion about excessive photoshop is in the comments area at the bottom of the page. 

Female Celebrities

Brittany Murphy. Skin smoothed over, color corrected, and eyes brightened.

Penelope Cruz. Cleaned up hairline and smoothed out skin.

Angelina Jolie. Skin tone evened out, spots removed, eyebrows filled in/darkened, eyes brightened, smile lines and neck lines softened.

Kristen Stewart. Closed her mouth, smoothed skin, and got rid of under-eye circles.

Jennifer Lawrence in GQ Magazine (note: original on left was published in GQ, edited version on right was found being used online). Overall face/body trimmed.

Jessica Alba. Waist made smaller, thighs/hips/knees trimmed, background modified, and wrinkles on clothes erased.

Madonna. Skin smoothed out (significantly), eyes intensified, contrast and saturation increased.

Eva Longoria.Highlights added, eyes lightened/brightened, skin smoothed out, waist trimmed, underarms edited.

Sharon Stone. Skin airbrushed, underarms smoothed out, bust augmented, eyebrows cleaned up. Voilà--she looks 10 years younger.

Rachel Weisz. Um...her legs look completely different. And her neck somehow got longer. Hmm.

Naomi Watts. Color lightened, eyes brightened, skin airbrushed, eyeshadow added, and freckles removed.

Nicollette Sheridan. Skin smoothed out, under-eye circles removed, eyes brightened.

Alicia Silverstone. Skin edited, lipstick darkened.

Magazine Covers

Katy Perry. Thighs trimmed, tummy smoothed out, breasts made rounder, sock removed, color corrected, and hand edited.

Faith Hill. Wrinkles erased, nose narrowed, arm thinned out, waist trimmed, hunched back straightened.

Nitro Magazine cover model, Greek pop star Despina Vandi. Legs/arms/waist trimmed, butt lifted, hair added for more volume, wrinkles erased.

 Male Celebrities/Models

Matthew Macfayden. Pride and Prejudice anyone? Skin redness removed, under-eye circles and wrinkles softened, blemishes erased.

Thom York. Gotta love Radiohead. Nose straightened, right eye opened, lips made more symmetrical, ears trimmed.

George Clooney. Wrinkles softened, hair darkened.

Male model. Skin darkened, arms/waist/hips/legs trimmed, pants made smaller. Really?


Tyra Banks. Stray hairs removed, hairline cleaned up, eyes lightened/whitened, under-eye circles erased.

Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima. Shine reduced, eyebrow shape defined, eyes brightened, under-eyes smoothed out, freckles on chin removed.

Actress Laila Rouass. Suit color changed, fat from tummy/arms/thighs trimmed.

Model closeup. Under-eye circles removed, skin airbrushed, blemishes/freckles erased, smile lines softened, eyebrows filled in.

As requested, here's a before and after of me. Hair made more voluminous, blemish on temple removed, eyebrow shape modified, tank top straps lengthened, waist nipped in, shorts edited. (Click image to see larger version)

See? Nobody is perfect.

So don’t beat yourself up so much for not looking like the girls or guys in magazines. Photoshopped images create an impossible standard of beauty that just simply can’t be achieved by anyone. In the long run, looks fade anyways, so what’s on the inside matters way more than your outer appearance. Love yourself unconditionally—it’s the only way to achieve true happiness. 

Let your inner beauty shine outward.


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