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

Lee Seung Gi’s Gumiho Revealed

Much to my disappointment, Lee Seung Gi‘s gumiho in the Hong sisters’ upcoming drama My Girlfriend is a Gumiho will be none other than 19-year-old actress Shin Se Kyung. I’m not gonna lie… I can’t say that I’m psyched about this piece of news ‘cuz I was rooting for Jeon Ji Hyun, but it probably would be a better choice for her to choose the drama Runaway (costarring singer/actor Bi) if she does wind up choosing that as her television drama comeback. I’ve only watched Shin Se Kyung in one of her previous movies (The Five Senses of Eros), and with that being an omnibus project with tons of seasoned actors on its cast, I didn’t pay much attention to her so I’m not sure how she’ll fare. I’ll just be cautiously anticipating this drama due to my affection for Lee Seung Gi and my general enjoyment of the previous dramas that the Hong sisters wrote. How do y’all feel about this casting?