We all know that Adobe Photoshop is a powerful tool, and that it plays an important role in the lives of millions. But as the saying goes, with power, comes responsibility. Something that is often ignored when Photoshop and the manipulation of models in advertising collide.
We have all seen before and after pictures drifting around the web, some of them are pretty shocking, but most are harmless in comparison to this video. This video time lapses an extreme example of the manipulation that some models undergo with the use of make-up and Photoshop in preparation for an advert.
The model starts off completely natural. The shot above is a still from the video that is at the bottom of this article, and shows the model with no editing and make-up.
Here we see that the models bob hair has been transformed into something much longer and luxurious. Still nothing here that I would say was shocking, as many women have hair like this. But the difference is still quite startling.
This is the stage where I feel is the most extreme, the model has been transformed into something that looks almost lifeless; quite Barbie like. The body has also been manipulated in ways you wouldn't normally expect (see the video).