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Monday 7 August 2017

The Power of Photoshop...

I think we all need to address something, the power of Photoshop. I'm sure we all spend hours scrolling through Instagram and flicking through magazines and seeing these beautiful women, with the smoothest skin and the tiniest waists, yet the most voluptuous curves. It's so easy to get caught up in the "why do I not look like that?", that we forget a lot of editing has taken place on the majority of images we see these days.

Here's a picture of me at the beach, which I was actually quite happy with, considering I had been in France for the past three days eating Croissants, Baguettes and god knows what other delicious carbs. I began to edit it to show you just how much someone can manipulate and change the way their body looks, in just a few seconds. I managed to get rid of my hip-dips I'm not so keen on, make my butt huge and my waist tiny in literally a few taps, it's mad.

How different does the picture on the right look? Aside from being rather inaccurately proportioned, it isn't actually to obvious that it has been edited. If I can edit this photo to manipulate my body shape, then just think how easy it is for others to do so.

Here's an example of my face, before and after being lightly airbrushed. 

I think we can confirm, that Photoshop has its perks.  I'm not saying that everyone in the world Photoshops their photos before posting them online, but we are all partial to at least a cheeky filter, and even those can completely change an image.

So next time you find yourself scrolling through social media and wondering why 'everyones skin is nicer' than yours, please remember, most people are probably airbrushing their photos, and I for one do, especially when I'm having a bad skin day. Embrace yourselves as you are, and remember that everyone has the same insecurities as someone else, just because someone may not appear to, it doesn't mean they don't. Oh, and if you want to Photoshop your photos guys, GO FOR IT, I'm in no way bashing it, I'm just reminding you all to embrace yourselves and your 'flaws'.

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