Even gorgeous Jennifer Lawrence is not immune from the vagaries of Photoshopping

If you haven’t seen it yet, there’s a GIF circulating of Jennifer Lawrence’s 2011 cover for Canadian fashion magazine FLARE magazine.  Hear are the two pics side by side:\r\n\r\n

Before photoshop
Before photoshop
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After photoshop
After photoshop
\r\n\r\nIt’s pretty unreal what they did to Lawrence, who is an incredible natural beauty.  You can see where her torso was lengthened, her hips slimmed, her skin made more bronze, her breasts slightly bigger and rounder and they cleaned up the thigh “bulge.” .  The blouse has also been darkened, so if you wanted to buy that item, if you could afford it, you might be disappointed in the color.\r\n\r\nApparently, natural beauty is not enough for magazine covers.  Do women really buy more when the pictures are photoshopped?  Do we really want these idolized images any more than we want to be continually looking at overpriced items we can’t afford?\r\n\r\nWomen in print cannot get a break.  Even one of the most beautiful women ever cannot escape the electric scalpel of photoshop.   Unfortunately, a lot of us see this stuff and it’s hard to keep in mind that we usually aren’t photoshopped.  I find it extremely difficult to look at photos of myself, mostly because they are not professionally done–but also because I am not who I was 30 years ago.  Even 30 years ago, when I was a babe of 22,  I had trouble appreciating what I looked like because I was lead to believe that the pictures I saw in magazines were not photoshopped (or “touched up” as we would have said back in the 80’s. Before photoshop, photographs were manually manipulated.  It’s been going on for a long time.)\r\n\r\nBut I can’t put all the responsibility on the backs of magazines any more than I can put it on Barbie dolls.  My family was horribly dysfunctional, and what was going on at home had a far more profound impact on my feelings about myself than pictures and plastic.  I won’t get into all of that here, but, in my most concerted opinion, how a girl, and then a woman, is treated by her family and the men or women she lets into her life makes all the difference.  If we are surrounded  by those unhappy with themselves, or never here positive words from parents, boyfriends (or girlfriends) or spouses, then the people close to us are not reflecting back to us a positive image.  If the people closest to us don’t see us, how can we see ourselves?   Positive self-image starts at home, with family, who help us to build a positive self.  If we have that, we are less inclined to fall prey to comparing ourselves to manipulated images .\r\n\r\nOr at least that’s what I believe–and a lot of psychology shows us.\r\n\r\nAs for Jennifer Lawrence, she told the following to Yahoo! CEO Melissa Mayer on the subject:\r\n\r\nJennifer Lawrence sez

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  1. Well said, J-Law!!! \nThat’s crazy about her cover photo shoot. It definitely shocking that even people photoshop even the most beautiful women out there. \nThank you for spreading this post as it is comforting and helpful for women who struggle with their own self-image.

    1. Thanks! I was totally shocked by this one, too. But it’s about catching people’s eye at the newsstands, not about what we really look like. But so weird because Lawrence stands out anyway, because the confidence she projects comes through in photos. In 2009, the French government proposed a law that would require a disclaimer that the photos were touched up or otherwise manipulated. I don’t know if the law passed or not, but I understand it. But it’s a much bigger issue than just the photos

      1. That’s sickening. I would love seeing her on a cover no matter what she looked like! But by photoshopping to make her torso longer?? That’s a bit much! I am totally in favor of having some sort of disclaimer on photos that have been retouched.

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