When you’re walking through the grocery store and you spot your favorite magazine, there is nothing there more aesthetically pleasing than our favorite celebrities. We have a developed a mindset that places these individuals in entertainment above ourselves in the ways they are publicized along with their appearances. Here at Honest Action, we believe that photoshopping is to hide imperfections from viewers that can often result in timidity from target audiences. Photoshopping is also the publication of falsehood to viewers.
An article by Frank Multari from PetaPixel.com article entitled, “Why I’ll Photoshop Your Face and Why I Believe It’s Okay” believes that these images of celebrities are completely justified. The article understands “A lot of people feel that it pushes unrealistic expectations of beauty in society.” Multari’s Article views this idea from a different perspective; he explains that “ …we naturally focus on a person’s most identifiable parts, the features that are most quintessentially human.” This stands behind the belief that within a picture lies the whole person and not their imperfections. Multari pushes the idea that if people focus on the actual person instead of their flaws it is ok to alter their appearance. While the logic seems noble, it has its flaws. Reasoning along these lines are why people see celebrities as perfect and above themselves because they are edited and marketed in this manner. Audiences would appreciate realistic features displayed on celebrities to relate to them more.
Multari states that “ temporary pimples, bumps, and blemishes are not the essence of a person.” However, capturing a true person is capturing them as a whole including the good and bad. Not editing them into your superficial ideologies of beauty. True fans are accepting to their favorite artist for their creativity and passion, not for their compromised authenticity. Not to mention that this view completely overlooks those that are self-conscious about their own face and it could help millions to see people that look just like them may have the same insecurities.
So why continue a culture of deception and fraudulent for more generations to witness and compare themselves to? By removing any disfigurement or flawed element Multari claims we can focus on “elements of a picture that are sharpest.” Everyone defines beauty in their own unique way so why force your beliefs on their images. Honest Action would promote the use of regulations to state under an image whether or not a picture has been photoshopped to notify audiences to use discretion.
So the next time you see your favorite artists on the cover of a magazine ask yourself, Who is the real them? And write your magazine editor to post before and after photoshop photos.