Photoshop Makeover: A Distortion of Beauty

27 08 2007

Dove Photoshop Effect

This video, which is put out by the folks at Dove(r), is an eye opening look at what a photoshop makeover is truly capable of. It’s enlightening as well as disturbing, because it shows how skewed our culture’s perception of beauty has become and the lengths even people with a personal hair and makeup team have to go through in order to live up to it.



12 responses

28 08 2007

hi kelsey! nice new blog you have here 🙂
this was really enlightening, and disturbing. i knew models pictures were touched up, but this is crazy. lengthening her neck? ew! its not even the same girl when they get done.

28 08 2007

Kinda makes me think of your last post. We rate beauty as whats told or displayed to us as beauty. In some other countries, for example, fat is in! Why don’t we be ourselves, and shape our culture instead of letting it shape us? (or letting photoshop shape us- gross!)

Ps.. I answered your question in a comment on my blog…

28 08 2007
Mrs. Nicklebee

Wow! What an amazing transformation! I agree with Kristin that it is not the same girl! Thanks for sharing that.

Nice blog, Kelsey. 🙂

28 08 2007

nice film ….

29 08 2007

found you through the WordPress dashboard and then found out you’re the keeper of multiple blogs. Which one are you keeping updated the most regularly?

29 08 2007
Kelsey Hough


Yes, I do have several blogs floating around in cyberspace, but this is the one I update the most often and tend to spend the most time obsessing over. 🙂

29 08 2007

Interesting, and somewhat disturbing. I wonder, though, whether it’s actually “beauty” that’s being distorted? The final result is beautiful. Is it actually truth that’s being distorted? Is this a case where Keat’s axiom “Beauty is truth, truth beauty…” doesn’t apply, or should we look for alternative definitions of truth itself, based on the nature and purpose of the activities shown – what if this is art?

When a poem uses a metaphor to convey something, is this a distortion of truth? Some might say that the poetic metaphor gives them access to a particular truth that factual prose never could.

All sorts of other questions arise: iI “touching up” a picture like this is thought awful, where does one draw the line (literally, as well as figuratively)? Is mascara a touch too far, or eyeliner, or lipstick? Is it inauthentic to comb one’s hair?

29 08 2007

Interesting that none of the comments said that the final picture was not beautiful. This implies that even the people who recognize that our perception is a problem, probably accept that standard.

Personally, I found the final image a bit disturbing because it doesn’t look natural. The painted on eyebrows were probably the worst point. I live in a society where most of the women pluck their eyebrows extensively and use pencils.

Natural is better! Keep up the good work.

29 08 2007


Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog! You really should go see the Grand Canyon if you ever get the chance. It is completely worth it! I will hopefully be posting ‘Part 2’ of our trip in a short while. Stay tuned… 😉

You too have a nice blog. I really like the articles you have posted. Keep up the good work!

Sincerely, Melanie

30 08 2007
The DT

Wow, she’s like the newest Transformer. But seriously, I think all the makeup and photoshop is necessary. The company wouldn’t make nearly enough money if they put a regular person on that billboard. People don’t want regular, they want super-sexy.

P.S.: This blog hates me. This was one of the first times I’ve been able to access. No worries, though.

12 10 2007

I agree with you Kelsey,

I also think it is sad that someone already beautiful that has had the assistance of a professional makeup artist and hair stylist also has to be cartooned digitally to be an ideal.

Even plastic surgery won’t lengthen our necks or make out eyes bigger. Yet advertisers are showing us that is the ideal we should be aiming for with their products.

Kelsey, that is a great video. Every woman and girl needs to see it. Thanks that enlightening post!

28 10 2007
writer chick

I’ve seen this before – and the makeup and hair part didn’t bother me because the model still looked like herself – but when they started recalibrating the size and dimension of her features it got totally creepy.

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