If you’re looking for a website that’ll help you lose seven hours of your life and fail at whatever productive thing you vowed to do that day, I highly recommend BuzzFeed.
Worst plastic surgery ads in the world? Texts you shouldn’t get from your parents?
Teacup pigs pictured with actual teacups?!
I have no idea where some of my life went this weekend.
Something semi-productive did come of my zombie-like crawl through BuzzFeed, though, and that’s an addition to our Celebrities Without Makeup series.
BuzzFeed’s 17 Mesmerizing Before & After Photoshop GIFs features original images of stars like Beyonce, Megan Fox, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, and Angelina Jolie…
…and then the edited versions the rest of us get to see.
Most of these aren’t drastic changes — a little glow here, a little smoother there — and are the same kinds of edits a lot of us would probably welcome for everything from senior portraits to wedding albums to real estate billboards.
There’s nothing wrong wanting a pimple or dark circles airbrushed out of your picture.
However, some of these are a little more involved (tighter waists, bigger boobs, smaller butts), and by putting the before and after images side by side (or in this case, as back-to-back GIFs) we can better see just how edited are the images the celebrity world presents us.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m not saying we should ban Photoshop or stone Madonna for having her skintone brightened and evened up.
I am saying, though, that for the sake of our own self-image and ideas about beauty and health, we should just be a little more aware of what’s real and what’s been artificially enhanced.
Have Photoshopped images of celebrities ever changed or influenced the way you feel about your own image?