Photoshop is an amazing tool that has revolutionized the world of editing. With Photoshop, it's possible to alter an image in any way you want, and make people believe what you want them to believe. This tool has helped photographers and editors to produce flawless images of their not so perfect models by eliminating any unsightly marks, while at the same time enhancing some features that will make the models look even more beautiful.
However, when models and very beautiful celebrities use Photoshop to enhance their already "perfect" bodies, what message does that send to teenagers who are insecure about their appearance? Hollywood and magazine covers are sending out a strong statement that to be perfect you have to be extra thin and have flawless skin, a feat that is impossible to achieve even for the celebrities themselves. Thanks to Photoshop, plus-size girls end up feeling even more insecure about their appearance, and young boys are willing to do anything to look a bit more macho and masculine just like their heroes on magazine covers.
Photoshopping a celebrity at times defeats the point, because it is possible to come across these celebrities in different forums where their image will not pass through an editor before it lands before your eyes. Some celebrities even take the time to edit and enhance their images themselves before they post them on Instagram or any other social media platform, just to make their followers think they are perfect in every way. Here is a list of celebrities who have fallen victim to the trap of wanting to look perfect, when we already love them just as they are.
10 Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga's real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, and she is one of the most successful musicians today. Best known for her flamboyance, weird fashion sense, unusual live performances, and interesting music videos, Gaga has sold millions of records to date, and has won numerous Grammy and MTV awards. Gaga launched a 'Born This Way foundation' in 2012 that, among other things, stands up for equality and self-esteem among the youth. Therefore, it is very confusing for her to have altered images of her real self on magazine covers, when she was clearly not "born that way."
Madonna is famous the world over because of her music, though she has had experience behind the scenes as an actress. Popularly referred to as the 'Queen of pop', Madonna has influenced many musicians over the years. Her music is very controversial though that has not stopped her from becoming the most successful female musician of all time. However, despite her success, Madonna is a victim of wanting to look perfect. All the photos that magazine covers and advertising companies will have of Madonna are the ones that have gone through serious editing and wrinkle removal. People already love Madonna; she does not need to have perfect smooth skin at 56 to boost her following.
8 Jennifer Lawrence
If you love any of the 'Hunger Games' movies then you must love Jennifer Lawrence who plays the role of Katniss Everdeen, the heroine of the series. She has also had many other movie roles and won numerous awards for her on-screen achievements. Jennifer Lawrence is a beautiful woman, and there is no reason to Photoshop her. However, magazine covers have a different perception of beauty because they Photoshop some of her body parts to look thinner, something that she clearly expressed does not impress her.
7 Kourtney Kardashian
Kourtney Kardashian is part of the reality TV show Keeping up with the Kardashians and several other reality spinoffs that have developed owing to their reality TV success. Kourtney is in the fashion and retail business where she sells designer clothes and fragrances. Since Kourtney is always in the media, edited photos of her are very common. One that even shocked her was when a magazine cover edited her image and slimmed her down to a size that insinuated that she had lost all her baby weight in record time, which was not true.
6 Megan Fox
Megan Fox is an actress and a model who has appeared in numerous movies and TV series productions. Megan has had a host of award nominations and won a good number of them, including winning four Teens Choice Awards over a few years for her roles in the Transformers, Jennifer's Body and as herself. As if being a model and winning awards just because she is hot is not enough, Megan has been photoshopped on numerous occasions. Magazine covers and online sites want her to appear to have no pores on her face, and they cannot decide whether she should be lighter or darker.
5 Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley is an actress from London, who has had great success in her film and acting career. Knightley is a very beautiful woman who has been on the 'sexiest women in the world' list for six consecutive years from 2004 to 2009, which is convincing enough for anyone to believe that she is beautiful. However, Knightley has been a victim of Photoshop, where people enlarge her breasts, something that makes her angry because she is very comfortable with the way her body looks. Knightley even accepted to pose topless on the condition that no editing would be done on her body.
4 Demi Moore
Demi Moore is a popular name in the film industry, and she has been very successful in her career. Demi is in her 50s though she looks much younger because she takes good care of herself. However, despite having a gorgeous body especially a few years back, some magazines felt the need to Photoshop her. One instance the edited image cut off a huge chunk from her hips, in a bid to make her look thinner. The photo looked awkward and fake, also raising questions of whether her head was resting on her body or another model's body.
3 Beyoncé Knowles
Beyoncé is one of the most talented singers, dancers and actors in Hollywood with one of the best music careers of all time. She is one of the best entertainers on stage, and many women look up to her as a role model. Beyoncé works out hard to keep fit, and this contributes to her stunning beauty. However, despite having the 'perfect' celebrity figure, she is no stranger to Photoshop. With or without her consent, Beyoncé has been photoshopped to have a smaller waist, a wider thigh gap, and many other small enhancements.
2 Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba is a model, a businesswoman, and a successful actress. She is famous for her role as the invisible woman in The Fantastic Four, and as Max Guevara in the series Dark Angel. Jessica is a very beautiful woman by any standards, and finding her on this list is just a shame. Her altered images make her look thinner than she already is and they give her a perfect skin texture and tone. Photoshopping Jessica, the woman who was voted the hottest woman in the world on several different occasions, is just an insult to the voters and the men who were interviewed.
1 Kim Kardashian
Keeping up with the Kardashians is a reality TV show that keeps Kim Kardashian in the limelight, together with other stunts such as posing naked for a shoot and releasing the photos online, getting married to Kanye West, and releasing a sex tape that made her famous in the first place. Kim is undoubtedly the most photoshopped celebrity of all time, whether she is the one doing it or a magazine that wants to meet its sales quota. It is hard to understand her need to Photoshop herself, yet she has gone through all forms of cosmetic surgeries to make herself look "perfect".