One of the striking conversations I had when doing the interviews for Hijas was with a young woman in her mid-20s who bought about $150 worth of fashion and fitness magazines each month and then went carefully through the pages, never reading an aarticle, and compared herself to every woman featured in article spreads and ads. She was looking for her Holy Grail: what these pages could tell her about how she should look. With each picture, she garnered a comparsion: her vs. the image. I don’t think she ever allowed herself to win. There are many heartbreaking things about that story but, perhaps, the most unnerving is that she wasn’t losing to another person. She was losing to technology – to the way the page designer had airbrushed and manipulated. I came across this article on foliomag.com on the prevalence of photoshopping and airbrushing in the magazine world and thought I would share it.
|Photoshopping Mag Covers: How Much is Too Much?
Thursday, October 04, 2007
By Dylan Stableford