Beauty Magazines and Media Pressure
This image tells us a lot about the insane state of the media today. The image shows a fit, sexy, healthy, slim model in the shower, comparing the original image as shot by a photographer on the left (wearing green), and the image on the right (wearing white) is the Photo-shopped version that made it into print.
What does it tell us about modern society, that this woman’s body was ‘not good enough’ for print without the help of Photoshop to make her skin impossibly smooth and evenly tanned? They have slimmed her hips, which looked better before in my opinion, her natural curves are much sexier, and then they have smoothed out her tummy and it looks like they have even slimmed her arm a little.
I am all for pushing myself to be ‘the best me I can possibly be’ but I do not judge others nor impose my standards on anyone else. I know what I am, and what I am not. I know I’ll never be built like a massive muscle-bound bodybuilder, and I know I’ll never be lean and ripped like Brad Pitt at his peak, but I also know that I am the healthiest I have ever been and in the best shape of my life, and I am probably fitter and healthier than 95% of men in my age bracket, and constantly striving to get better. I know I am doing MY personal best, the best I can to improve, to be healthy, strong, fit, and I am working hard balancing my health and fitness goals with business, family life, financial commitments and advancing my career.
The media pressure us all with UN-REAL expectations and FAKE images and they push us to buy beauty magazines, health supplements, over-priced gym clothing, make-up, and endless other products that are over-priced and rarely healthy. They have us all chasing a truth that does not actually exist.
What do you think?