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Celebrities And Their Dependency On Photoshop
By Chioma Okwu

Photoshopping, digital alteration, image manipulation, blah blah blah. Everyone talks about the fact that so many images of women are “perfected” with the help of technology, but we can’t just toss it aside as 'normal' everyone already knows about.

Whether or not a person is aware of the possibility of image alterations, not everyone realizes exactly HOW MUCH these images are changed to fit some seriously un-human and unrealistic ideals that we view over and over. And not everyone understands that it isn't just fashioned magazine covers that feature drastically Photoshopped images. It’s on TV. It’s video. It’s your favorite brand online. It's your favorite celebrity. It’s everywhere.

Despite having access to more makeup kits,  skin glow deodorants and a glam squad at their disposal than I could possibly have in a lifetime, celebrities are most times still inclined to stretch and reach out for the Photoshop app. A lot of us are.

With the app, they can literally present themselves as Snow White or Little Mermaid. 

They spend more time trying to give themselves a little face tune for their Instagram followers/fans than actually representing whatever it is they are representing. 

I don't know why you look up to whichever celebrity you look up to but I feel 'value' has to be one of the reasons.

I used to love Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana but since she's taken on the Miley career full time, I pay little or no attention to her(not like she cares). I don't hate her but I feel she no longer gives off the same vibe I fell in love with,

That's what happens when celebrities depend on Photoshop to scale up their brand image.  They say you should love your body and be proud of it but then turn around and fall into photoshop with glee.

It’s hard to believe anyone’s “personal best” is a fake representation of themselves. These media outlets will plaster “body confidence!” all over the magazine or social media and quote "Nelly talking about her own real body confidence", but they refuse to show us her actual body.

Oh, it's upsetting.

What we see in media, and what we may be internalizing as normal or beautiful, is anything but normal or beautiful. It’s fake. It’s a profit-driven idea of normal and beautiful that women will spend their lives trying to achieve and men will spend their lives trying to find. 

As a celebrity, you have to recognize that you are not just a body. You are a brand and a public image. Recognize that your body is not just an ornament or an object to be fixed and judged — it is an instrument to live and do and be.

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