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.


Bidding Farewell to the Hoi-Hoi Couple

I laughed with the best of them, and cried with the worst of them. The last episode nearly had me catatonic on the floor, I couldn’t stop sobbing all throughout the entire hour. This drama was perfect to marathon because it’s zany, zippy, so adorably sweet it gave me a toothache that worsened with each episode, but inflicted a pain upon me that felt oh-so-good. It’s been weeks since I finished wiping away my tears of joy at Mi Ho and Dae Woong’s happy ending, but I still remember the drama with a boatload of fondness and judging by the sheer number of screencaps I took while watching this sucker (700 of them! I still can’t believe it.), My Girlfriend is a Gumiho has earned a place on my list of top ten favorite feel-good dramas. I’ll be continuing this review after the jump for those of y’all who haven’t seen it yet (What are you waiting for?!). And just a warning, I’m including MAJOR picspam because of the ridiculous number of screencaps I took, mostly of Shin Min Ah‘s Gu Mi Ho because I developed a major girl-crush on the character. What?

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Lee Seung Gi’s Real Gumiho Finally Cast!

I am entirely unsure about this news. My first reaction to hearing that Shin Min Ah was cast was precisely this:


But after the initial excitement wore off, I thought about it some more and I dunno if I can actually picture this pairing together. Shin Min Ah so obviously looks older than Lee Seung Gi that it’ll be a bit awkward, and SMA is drop dead gorgeous, but I can’t picture her as a gumiho as of now. For me, her strongest contender was Jeon Ji Hyun who I thought fit the role to a T, but I absolutely adore Shin Min Ah so I’m excited to see her in this.

After all the hoopla with the casting for this drama though, my anticipation for it has dissipated somewhat, but I’m hoping the Hong sisters will succeed in this new foray into another type of drama instead of just slapstick. For the most part, Hong Gil Dong was a success although it veered off into too much angst sometimes (or so I’ve heard), so I’m going to be cautiously optimistic about their attempt in dabbling with comedy mixed with horror. (Although I really hope there won’t be gore. I don’t do gore. Gore and Soluna do not mix in the slightest, and it will not bode well for me continuing to watch it in the future despite my love for both the leads.)