Beauty standards in our society are getting more and more ridiculous and unrealistic under the influence of the mass media.
They say beauty is in the beholder’s eye, but not these days, particularly with the growth of pop culture around the globe. In fact, these days the world of entertainment has created some plastic beauty standards that have been sold to the universe through art and media.
This has created a ripple effect where everyone is sort of motivated to find certain beauty standards in the quest ‘to look better, feel beautiful and look way younger’. Well, If you follow some celebs online then you will agree that they look more ‘beautiful and young,’ but did you know that most of the ‘beauty’ on the screens is actually faked?
Although there is nothing wrong with this, what goes into making screen images is sometimes the thing that is questionable. A lot of celebrities have gone in for surgical procedures that include the lifting of sagging skin, tummy tuck and body contouring.
These procedures are legal although they have come under sharp criticism from society for misleading people, especially the youth, with these fake beauty standards.
Those Cover Photos Maybe Exaggerated…
It has also been established that most pictures in magazine covers and videos of celebrities have been edited to create a certain perception that resonates with the human eye. This has even got worse off with the advancement in technology allowing top-notch industry experts to use design skills to fool your eyes.
Talk of everything in the realm of image and video editing e.g changing eyebrows, increasing skin light and flawlessness to making the hair look super perfect. The interesting bit is that most of the time the celebs are not so much affected as they just have to shoot and leave the rest to the editor.
The downside though is that as this ‘perfection’ becomes elusive, most people around the globe have gone as far as harming their bodies trying to achieve it.
The media has kept on selling it anyway through the numerous celebrities we know as seen in those cool looking photographs in IG, magazines, Facebook, etc. Thinking all those pics are real?
Well, take a look at some before and after pics from top celebs whose images were completely transformed via top draw editing:
2. Katy Perry
3. Britney Spears
4. Kim Cattrall
6. Cindy Crawford
These kinds of images have had an immense impact especially among youth who are at the discovery stage in their lives with others struggling with self-esteem. It is therefore imperative to create sessions to educate them on the fact that some of these images have been altered to promote a certain agenda.
This can be vital in avoiding cases where some of them take drastic measures in dealing with their own body. Some have even gone as far as committing suicide owing to reduced self-esteem driven by what has been popularized as cool in this culture. Again, this is why it is necessary to have a chat with the young generation to avoid such outcomes.
So, what is the moral lesson here? Long story short, it is always important to note that everyone is beautiful in one way or another. Thus, beauty should not be measured based on the chronicle that has been popularized by celebs and media. After all, what we see is not always the reality of things!
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Makes sense and a valid point. I’m just curious if the Before photos are also photoshopped to show a greater contrast.
I feel like it is.
Beyonce has always been in shaoe.
this is so you won’t recognize them in public ?
No wonder millions of women have body image issues, they don’t know what to trust.
Makes sense at least it will make women to stop feeling less beautiful.
It’s not a different person. Photoshop is a thing.
I know.. But It looks different tho..
I don’t see any difference with Katy Perry’s. Except the skin tone.
The lighting is better, she was darker, and she had her chest lifted.
I thought so too, but then I noticed her cleavage is more pronounced
Her boobs are longer thus her cleavage IS more pronounced.
I was just thinking the same thing!
belly is not fatty
Every things is fucking fake this days
Madonna doesn’t look that old and wrinkly when you see her on TV. Like somebody else said the before photos have been photoshopped for a dramatic contrast.
No, but many times they use different lighting and camera lens focus to change our perception!
makeup can transform any person..
I do know about the power of makeup. But it doesn’t hide wrinkles. Anyway, Madonna’s face is stretched from the amount of face lifts she’s had.
Thanks God….Mines are real…
I’m feeling so much better about myself right now. Thanks!
She doesn’t need to use the crucifix or offend anyone to get more attention .
Well if people believe the pictures are not retouched, is their problem!
One thing tho, I recently met a lady in my city. I had seen her on a TV news interview. Then I met her in person, turns out she was even more beautiful in person!
Sometimes the camera doesn’t give people justice :))
Some are way over PSed
Fake news has been around a while – try advertising, fashion, magazines etc etc etc,- end the bs already
I’m old enough to understand magazine pics have been worked on bit I do feel concerned for my daughter and her peers who are bombarded with these sorts of images.
Lies, fake news and silly superhero movies is one big revolt against humanity and all for $$$$$$$$$$$ fame and satanism !
Thanks for telling the truth,,,,,,,,we are all humans,,,,,all the same,,,
nobody is perfect
I know it’s Hollywood but can’t they be, real. Celebrities need to stop trying to cover up with photo shop and plastic surgery , I respect those who forgo the touch ups and have the courage to be real with how they really look. Everyone gets old. That’s life. Most times the plastic surgery looks way worse than the way they looked naturally.
Talking about false advertising!
Beauty is the essence of the heart, A love within that never parts.
Madonna looks better without photo touch!
Top draw? A pun I suppose.
Wonder how the before pics were retrieved and do these celebs mind?
Katy looks better in the first pic.
Leave her alone she still looks good
They’re all clones…wakey wakey
Now this is real pictures
Yep… it’s all an illusion..just another trap…
You could almost see if you pay attention to any of these young pop stars where they were confronted with the real world of what goes on not just in the entertainment world but in church and state around the world… as you look at these little pop stars you can almost see the day that they were shown the real world… all of a sudden their natural sometimes arrogant self disappears, and they are in misery… they act out they are lost they are trapped… it is a truth too late for many, but you will never find what you’re looking for in a world of illusion.
Look madonna is really Zelda from the terrahawks!
I’m pretty sure no one thinks they’re real anymore.
Its not just celebrities. Your own phone can erase impurities with the camera itself. Lol.
the magic of softglow…
Only women? ?????
‘The moral lesson here’ is don’t read the stupid magazines, don’t watch the stupid TV shows, and don’t follow the lives of people you don’t know and who have no effect on your life. Why TF should you care what they have, do or look like?
I don’t, so I have no idea what’s supposedly ‘wrong’ with me. I’m much happier and financially better off as a result.
Where’s a high five button when you need one?
I think the moral lesson is not to idolize these people. *Fake* began in hollywood and has seeped out into the social consciousness of the masses.
Beyonce look so old
…and you’re just finding out?
Jesus was a middle eastern man, she is holding ceasar borgia, the son of a killer pope who wanted his son to be worshipped as jesus.
One of the reasons for not worshipping idols because they can be false like this.
Im not religious personally its just a pet peev because uf you take that kinda thing serious it should be known and spread.
lol…. Madonna is an old hag now.
lmfao…. Madonna is an old hag… and you’re a dumb for thinking she’s oh so cool. f*ck the American Hollywood elite … Madonna and all the rest of them can go jump off a bridge 🙂 they are the scum of the earth. 🙂
Female beauty ‘standards’ have turned into something as silly as judging people by their tennis-playing skills as compared to Federer.
Kostas η Madonna στο before μου θυμίζει θεία Κουλα
I don’t pay Attention to pictures in magazines anymore.. it’s a lie. Humans are not perfect, women have cellulite, birthmarks, scars, aging spots, acne, chubby little rolls or big rolls.. who cares?? Everyone gets only one body and they should love themselves for all they are, everyone is unique, even twins are different. Advertisements the perfect business that lies.. besides lawyers.. they are the perfect liars..
Cool pics, that’s all I see…nothing deeper than that…if you watch movies or commercials or look at pictures for sheer entertainment…mothing wrong with that, unless you immerse in a world that is not yours and understand the differences
Definitely! Cindy Crawford’s stomach? No way!
Both sets of pics are photoshopped.
When you Photoshop the photoshopped
They can’t photoshop that empty space where character should be. In all of them. The hunger for fame has no shame. .
Beauty standards aren’t getting more and more ridiculous. If we didn’t have beauty standards, then we wouldn’t have anything to strive for. And we’d end up being satisfied looking like fat lonely feminist with their 7 platonic cats.
Absolutely, these have been shopped the other way round.
The ‘before’ pictures could as well be photoshopped to make more drama about the ‘after’ ones. So don’t make too much of a fuzz about it. It still the same internet who want you to react like you do.
And me… I do this too… I’m actually Hillary Clinton bitches..
I know it is an illusion but also this pic is a bit extreme ofcourse.
Madonna works her but of to stay in shape and ofcourse a lot of dollars to pay for cosmetic care etc..
But that goes a long with her job.
I love the idea of having beauty standards and anything to strive for..
what a differenc
They made Jesus look so much better. Nice job.
You kill me kid
How Media fool you with the Gender of that bitches! Doesn”t matter, also,!
The media Hell everyone on social media I don’t recognize half the girls in real life lmao
Beauty standards are getting more ridiculous for insecure brainless women who can’t be happy about themselves.
Women that have grown to feel good in their own skin, don’t fall for that.
And instead of telling women to get a grip and love themselves we accuse the magazines and photographers for doing art.
This is show business. They are artists. When you compare yourself to them and end up feeling bad it’s like comparing the doodles you make at the office meeting to Mona Lisa.
It’s not rocket science.
So, unless you are flawless with no wrinkles you cannot be beautiful? How shallow.
On films and in magazines everyone gets photoshopped, but these are clearly two different photo’s! Im thinking the left one is an imitation Of the Madonna picture.
Half of smartphone users are guilty as well then, by using all kind of filters to look better.
I have a Photoshop app right on my phone I can use to make any pic look like a professional magazine/glamour shot. It’s frighteningly easy and rather disgusting
Doesnt matter how beautiful or ugly you are…if you are not a nice good person…and your heart and life is ugly….you are ugly!
I also read about that, The CATHOLIC church got infiltrated by the enemy at some point, unfortunately.
This is real. She is fifty or something like that. She is still gorgeous btw, but her body grew older, her skin grew older and less solid. Just like it’s suppose to do.
Real beauty? You will not find it in magazines.
Look in your own mirror – your own eyes!!!!
Joder! Q pasada
Two different pics…the hand is different
If anyone actually believes people look like this, they’re completely moronic. Especially when some of these icons are well into their 50s.
And how do we know the ‘before’ pics aren’t as equally edited for shock value…? O.o
My thoughts exactly…. moral of the post is when we look at the media we dont know what is truth
They totally were.
Exactly. I have seen Madonna close up and she does not look as flawed as the “before” pic-I’d say she is somewhere in between. Of course, it also depends on when her last filler treatment was too.
She still looks like a reanimated corpse
I stand by my original post. I’ve seen Cindy Crawford’s untouched photo and the one in this article takes it and makes it worse. Complete b.s. And thanks for schooling me on what being over 50 and aging look like-LOL.
Didn’t intend to put your name here Cynthia, I meant to put your name on the succulent cakes.
If celebrities were as great as they think they are they would use makeup!
I don’t think Cindy Crowford looks like that.
Kim Cantrell is still beautiful and I’m pretty sure Candace huffing spoke out about the editing of her picture.
Madonna is almost 60yo. She looks beautiful in person. Seen her in concert, front row seats in Atlantic City
the left is better
Manipulation of the human race through mind games using technology.
Comparing photoshopped photos to photoshopped photos. smh
I actually think that the Madonna one is completely fake perhaps yes the photo on the right is retouched but it’s of her exact face feature though she’s not that broad like the photo on the left LOL
Umm yeah she’s 100. Anyone that thinks she looks like that is crazy.
Fuck the celebrities death to the wood of holly demon worshipers and pedophiles
HALF OF THE PICTURE ARENT EVEN REA
Her eyebrows don’t look any different. Don’t know what you are on about….
Is That Hillary 🙂
It’s called makeup anyone who wears it is ugly.
Arguing about celebs like dumbs… Lol
When did Madonna start to mummify?
Lindsy lohan and Madonna before ones look so photoshopped to dramatise the subject.
Photoshop is the real Fountain of Youth.
Well, Madonna is beautiful and will always be!
To be fair, even Jesus is Photoshopped in that Madonna photo. #DemAbsTho
what needs to happen is that everyone needs to understand the difference between art and “false”. If someone had painted this-nobody would be calling it “fake”. they would understand it is art. So I don’t think it’s that we have to force “brutally honest” portrayals of people. It’s that we need to adjust our understandings of what we’re seeing
One of the reasons alternative media is refreshing is that the subjects usually appear genuine–these people are revolting before and after.
Good lighting can change everything as well 🙂
Well most celebrities are ugly inside nevermind about the outside. Inside is what matters. Both look photoshopped tho.
Yeah, like it only happens to women. Where the picture of all those male actors who are looking ugly and nobody post them here?
apparently the m(asses) love fake things
Even worse than being fooled by fake beauty. The picture speaks for itself! It’s creepy. And kinda satanic looking I’d you ask me!
Hello there are beauty filters on most apps now.. everybody seems to project fake version of themselves these days. Sad.
If there is still someone freaking out that celebrities look so young etc please 😉 stop being hard on urself trying to look like a magazine cos the truth is no one does 😉 love ur wrinkles curves and freckles as long as ur healthy and enjoying the life that’s all that matters. Love and hugs.
Simple – don’t buy the magazine!
But how else are they going to get girls to feel self conscious and insecure and buy their “beauty” products.
I wouldn’t want to have a celebrity’s life if it consumes looking young every day, everybody ages even the reporters who write these. The theory is every second minute and hour we get older.