In this week`s Photojournalism section, I would like to explore the magic and influence of Photoshop on body images.
Perfect women, with porcelain skin, shiny hair and a perfect smile are plastered on the front page of every magazine. These women are the role models of teenage girls all around the world, who have created their own definition of beauty. Girls look up to these magazines models and compare themselves to them because they have been taught by media and by society, that people will admire them if they meet these standards. It is sad and frustrating to realize that perfection is generally the product of Photoshop. So, the models with ideal physical beauty are not actually true. While famous women pose their bodies or faces and let the magic begin, teenagers are letting themselves starve, or getting surgeries in order to look as similar as possible to these unrealistic beautiful human beings.
According to the National Eating Disorders Association, 42% of first grade girls want to lose weight, and 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat. According to a study made by Pediatrics two thirds of girls in between the 5th and 12th grade said that magazines influence their vision of what an ideal body looks like. According to Teen magazine, 35% of girls in 6th to 12th grade have been on diet, and 50 to 70% of normal-weight girls think they are overweight. All of the statistics above are extremely astonishing since the ideal perfect body is so unnatural that computer programs are the ones needed to create them.
By: Michaela Kerrigan