Whew, that’s kind of a mouthful, right?

Celebrity Psychings has featured several pieces related to celebrities without makeup (remember Takes 1, 2, and 3), so when Yahoo! Shine posted another similar piece on pictures of celebrities without retouching, Stars Without Retouching, I wasn’t all that interested in passing it along to you.

Still, I read the first slide of the piece – featuring Cate Blanchett on the cover of Intelligent Life magazine without any help from Photoshop – and became interested…

…in what the magazine’s editor, Tim de Lisle, said about Blanchett’s photo, anyway:

When other magazines photograph actresses, they routinely end up running heavily Photoshopped images, with every wrinkle expunged. She [Blanchett] looks like what she is – a woman of 42, spending her days in the office, her evenings on stage, and the rest of her time looking after three young children.

Looks like what she is.

Interesting thought to ponder.

Instead of looking like a glamorous, heavily made-up actress who may or may not be in her 40s (with today’s technology – *coughphotoshopcough* – who can tell anymore?) and could hit the red carpet at any moment, Blanchett looks like someone we can all relate to on some level.

So, I’m wondering: How would YOU look if a photo of you let you look like what you are?

Sure, we can use Photoshop to fix a pimple here, smooth out a wrinkle there, but most of us don’t have retouching tools at our fingertips.

It doesn’t really matter though, does it? For many pictures, we manage to present ourselves in whatever way we want. A face full of makeup, a new outfit, a smile that might or might not be genuine…

Would you look like a stay-at-home-mom working to teach her toddler about numbers and letters? A dad grateful for the family God gave him? A business owner who desperately needs that one big client?

Would you look like a young woman who’s rethinking her college major? A nurse who’s rethinking her career choice? A man who’s rethinking his marriage?

What are you? WHO are you?