The Harmful Effects of Photoshopping

Talk has been circulating about the usage of photoshop on stars, with before and after pictures being compared. As you can see in the above image, photos of beautiful stars such as Shin Min Ah, Kim Hee Ae, Oh Yeon Soo, Kim Tae Hee, Jessica Gomez, Lee Hyori, Song Hye Gyo, and Shin Se Kyung are being doctored to improve body shapes, remove wrinkles around the mouth and eyes, making their appearances even more unrealistic and unattainable than they normally are.

Through online communities such as twitter, photos of female celebrities are being discussed, with the before and after pictures being circulated rapidly. Last October, on the SBS broadcasted Good Morning with Bae Gi Wan, Choi Yeong Ah, and Jo Hyeong Gi, alterations of photos that don’t harm the reputations of the celebrities was discussed, but this is considered something completely different.

In the image above, Jessica Gomez who is considered to have the body of a goddess is shown, as well as top stars Kim Tae Hee, Lee Hyori, and Shin Se Kyung. Kim Tae Hee, Oh Yeon Soo, and Kim Hee Ae were “fixed” so that they would have “clean faces” by getting rid of their wrinkles, while the photo of Jessica Gomez was altered by thinning down her stomach and thighs as well as her arms. In the cases of Lee Hyori, Song Hye Gyo, and Shin Se Kyung, their legs were elongated earning them a complex with the lower halves of their bodies and much criticism. Supporters of photoshopping have been making comments such as “The power of photoshop is great,” “I can’t believe Shin Se Kyung‘s legs are that short,” and “The incomparable Kim Tae Hee is also seeing the benefits of alteration.”

This just really grinds my gears. The image of beauty has been transformed so much that the concept of the ideal woman with the perfect body type is just about unattainable for us normal ladies. Despite how difficult it is to live under the scrutiny of society, these female celebrities don’t deserve to be “perfected” because what few flaws they have are somewhat visible. Is it necessary to tone down Shin Min Ah‘s S-line and slim her waist even more than it already is? And yes, Song Hye Gyo and Shin Se Kyung are short. So what? What’s the point of lengthening their legs when it’s obvious that their legs aren’t that long in real life? Photoshopping is something that’s always infuriated me because it’s so harmful and demeaning to all parties involved, and it’s completely unnecessary because it’s a universal fact that no one is perfect. I know my ranting and raving isn’t going to do any good so I’ll stop right here but I just wanted to translate this article to show that this kind of stuff STILL happens and this article gives us a glimpse of just how hard it is to endure life as a celebrity.

Via Star.mk.co.kr

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2 thoughts on “The Harmful Effects of Photoshopping

  1. Hmm.. I wonder if they actually inform or seek consent from the celebrities to use PS to enhance their features? Maybe to them it’s a norm. And who knows they actually request for PS themselves.

    Few days ago I met a friend who just got married. She showed me pictures of her wedding and all. I liked what she said, ” You need to know what you want. I told the photographer. 2 rules. No. 1 – We wanna be ourselves. No. 2 – No PS and editing our faces/bodies..etc. So what if we’re fat? That’s us.” Love her. <3

  2. it is inevitable that comparisons between actors will arise in kdrama, to me, many of them outshine shk and i just don’t understand why so many people worship her. so i took to this site to express my honest opinion among all the other “good” comments. although i do admire her effort and contribution within the industry, but i do believe she is overrated, not that she is bad or anything, it’s just not up to my standards is all. and i believe i (and many others) have a right to say that, other than the usual “wow, she’s beautiful” comment.

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