So I recently hired 'Little Lion Girl' Photography to do a photoshoot. Nothing major. I just wanted to get a decent headshot for my blog and Facebook etc. The only ones I had were outdated by about a year and I figured I've changed since then.
Anyway, it was hot as 'you know what' outside when the photographer Jean and I decided to do this. Probably 90 degrees that day. I was in a maxi dress and a jean jacket <-- (cause it looked nice with the outfit) so, naturally I was moments away from passing out from heat exhaustion at all times.
That's why I LOVE photoshop. Or do I hate it? I just can't seem to figure it out. Here's the deal: I love photoshop because even though I was pouring sweat from my face, in my photos, I look crisp and clean. Even though I have sun spots on my chest from years of never wearing sunscreen, in my photos I have porcelain skin.
But, I feel like a hypocrite. Every time I see a model on the cover of a magazine, I think to myself 'UGH, photoshop is awful!' Why do I hate photoshop? Because here I am, a 'regular' woman with sunspots, wrinkles and a lil' pudge here and there but because of photoshop, I look at the magazines and feel badly about myself. I feel inadequate. Like I should work out more, get botox, treat my sunspots and whiten my teeth! It's an overwhelming feeling.
So what do I do about this unrealistic standard of beauty society has imposed upon us young women? Well, if you can't beat 'em?
Instead of making a statement by posting the 'unedited' versions of the photos online and saying 'Screw Society's views on beauty!'
...I waited patiently for the slightly 'touched up' versions. In fact, I think I told the photographer to quote, "GO NUTS" with photoshop.
It's sad, but true. I'm much prettier with a little help from technology! ;) And those celebrities on the covers of magazines are too...I guess the lesson here is to just always REMEMBER that when you're staring at them enviously. They're probably gorgeous...but, they're not THAT gorgeous!
Here are my 'better version of myself' photos from that day! Besos xoxo