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The argument around celebrity body image and the controversy around photoshopping has been a hot topic for a number of years. As a society, we’ve realised that the images we see in glossy magazines and on the covers of fashion publications aren’t as realistic as they want us to believe.
However, despite celebrities and magazines being blamed for our ever decreasing body positivity, how many of us are directly affected by what we see?
What damage can photoshopped images have on our self-esteem?
There is no denying that the overtly photoshopped images give us an unrealistic and unachievable representation of the ‘perfect body’. Smoothing over skin and removing blemishes give the illusion that perfectly clear skin is the norm, as does removing ‘unsightly’ cellulite, despite most women having it at some point in their lives.
Photoshopping has become a serious problem within the media, but many actresses and models are taking a stance and insisting on either no photoshopping at all, or limited to simply enhancing the image rather than their bodies.
Do we now have a better understanding of photoshopping?
We are definitely more clued up when it comes to the altering and editing of images. With editors so readily available to even the most amateur photographer, we are more aware of what can be altered and what these images may look like.
The question is, does this deeper understanding mean we don’t let these edited images affect us as much as they used to? Are we more informed about what is fake?
Does celebrity image damage our body confidence as much as we think?
Recently, the UK’s leading hair transplant clinic, Crown Clinic, conducted a survey of around 500 people, to find out if we really are deeply affected by photoshopping. The survey asked both men and women whether their own self-esteem and body confidence had been affected, with a huge 67.3% of respondents saying that celebrity image had no effect on them at all.
However, 13.2% said that they had been made more aware of how they looked and they felt more self-conscious due to the images they see in magazines.
If this survey had been done 10 years ago, before we were all more clued up on the powers of photoshop, we would have probably seen a lot more respondents claiming a direct effect of body-shaming.
Even though we are nowhere near a ‘no body-shaming’ society, we are definitely more informed and aware of what is realistic and what is unattainable. More and more celebrities are coming out to support body positivity and shining a spotlight on over-photoshopping. Even though it will take a lot more time, we are slowly making our way to a more body-positive society.