How ‘thinspiration’ is lying to you.


The ‘before & after’ versions of a shoot I did recently. I think it just highlights the capabilities of retouching. The red squiggles are the notes for where the re toucher should pay particular attention. Ive had my thighs slimmed down, my hips made narrower, the skin tone on my face and stomach evened, and my arm pit and elbow softened.

In my last personal trainer analysis I was told I had 17% body fat, which for my age, puts my in the ‘healthy’ bracket. And yet, here we are, still having my body digitally altered.

What defines the perfect figure? Who dictates how a body looks most appealing? Personally, I think its those curves that make me unique, they are part of me and I’m proud to have them. 

Asha and I have been talking about how much Photoshop is applied to the images of models on a lot of the thinspo/fitspo tags on Tumblr.

When body image is an issue, it’s not always the Valeria Lukyanovas of the world who represent the impossible ideal, it’s the tiniest of things that become an obsession — this part here, that part there.

I thought it would be great to see more before/after pics of how this is done.  I didn’t think Asha would post her own. Brave woman.

See also:

Dakota Rose


Wet dreams, false images is still my favorite.