Digital photograph manipulation can quickly remove pounds from a models figure…
(I did the following modification in 10 minutes on my computer…)
The before… The after…
Photographs no longer represent what we actually look like.
Photographs now represent what we wish we could look like.
And as mirrors do not automatically airbrush our features, they become the enemy…
In a 2007 research poll of Canadians, 72% said they would not hesitate to have cosmetic surgery.
Eating disorders are now the third most common chronic illness in adolescent girls.
71% of adolescent girls want to be thinner despite only a small proportion being over a healthy weight.
The next time you see a flawless picture of a beautiful celebrity, remember…
Even they only wish they looked like that!
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History of Photography. (n.d). National Geographic Online. Retrieved Sept.30, 2008 from http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photographers/photography-timeline.html
History of Photography and the Camera (n.d.) About.com: Inventors. Retrieved Sept.30, 2008 from http:// inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blphotography.htm
Literature Review of Media Messages to Adolescent Females (2005) University of Sasketchewan, Debbie Naigle, Retrieved Sept.29, 2008 from http://www.usask.ca/education/coursework/802papers/naigle/index.htm
The Influence of Fashion Magazines (n.d.) Retrieved Oct.1, 2008 from http://tirocchi.stg.brown.edu/514/story/fashion_magazines.html
Understanding Statistics on Eating Disorders. (n.d.) The National Eating Disorder Information Centre Online, Retrieved Oct.1, 2008 from http:// www.nedic.ca/knowthefacts/statistics.shtml
Musical Credits Jackie Gleason “You Oughta Be In Pictures” Madonna “Material Girl” Madonna “Vogue” James Blunt “You’re Beautiful”