(Wearing a FCUK coat, pictured with Darling Magazine)
To be honest, I’ve photoshopped and retouched my photos before. I mean, sometimes my mirror and camera don’t agree on what I look like. Whether I have a blemish on my face or there’s a weird strand of hair sticking out (I call it the hair boner) or I simply just forgot to suck it in and look pregnant (I’ve been asked this so many times on Instagram!), I am guilty of having my photos altered a bit so I can share a ‘prettier’ version of myself. That said, I don’t do this all the time and I’ve never retouched myself so much to the point I manipulate my body (with the exception of the few times I thought I’d be asked if I was pregnant). Is this bad? At what point do we draw the line when it comes to retouching?
I know people are enraged at certain magazines when they alter a model’s body a little too much, claiming it sends the wrong message to the world. However, have you ever considered who’s really to blame in this situation? Are we (the consumers) to blame, because this is what we want to see, or are the magazines to blame for training us to think this way over time while they are striving for “perfection”?
We hide our imperfections with make-up and I’m sure we all try to pose a certain way so that we look “better” in photos. Does that mean we’re lying to ourselves?
I love this quote from Ellen DeGeneres, “Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.”
Growing up, I knew I didn’t fit the mold of what’s beautiful in our society. There were so many times that I felt like I didn’t fit in because of my body type, my skin color, my skin itself (I’ve always had eczema) and strived for unrealistic beauty. It’s a constant struggle to be comfortable in my own skin, but I’m getting better at it and the more I accept who I am, the happier I am and feel blessed to have my own unique features that make me different from everyone else. You see, beauty doesn’t come in just one form. When people talk about ‘real beauty’ and shame thin models in magazines, I feel that it’s again putting beauty in the box because skinny girls, curvy girls, girls with freckles… all of us are real people with real beauty!
Anyways, the point of the post was to ask, what is your take on retouching? Do you retouch your photos? Where do you draw the line?