Don't believe in photoshop. Everyday Tip #49

How's this for perspective?

We all know that every image we see in the media is photoshopped. I've personally come to expect it, and a lot of the time it doesn't even bother me. I used to work in marketing in the cosmetic industry, so I know that most of the models are like 14, and they still have lines under their eyes (you know, so their eyes can open and shut) and a little bit of jiggle (because their skin isn't made of plastic)...until the art department gets a hold of them.

But things have gotten ridiculously bad in the last few years, so much so that the level of photoshopping is beyond comical. You've seen pictures of famous people before and after photoshop -- but what about classical nudes?

This project by Anna Utopia Giordano is so incredibly clever, because it's so powerful. To see these classic beauties altered is jarring; which is so interesting because they're not real women -- just impossibly ideal representations of the female form to begin with.

When Venus isn't good enough for modern expectations, you know we have a problem. A big one.

Don't aspire to a photoshopped ideal.