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Warnings on Airbrushed Pictures

Should There Be Warnings on Airbrushed Images?

If British equities minister Lynne Featherstone had her way, there would be warnings on airbrushed images telling viewers bodies aren't realistic. It's not the first time a government's tried to stop Photoshop, but young women have become so savvy at discerning doctored photos that it might not even be necessary.

Good Surgeon Guide, a cosmetic surgery site, asked 1,078 teenage girls about airbrushing photos in fashion magazines. The vast majority was aware it happens, and about half could tell when photos of Fergie, Jessica Simpson, and Sarah Jessica Parker had undergone the mouse.

Meanwhile, nine out of 10 girls said photos of celebrities aren't realistic or achievable — maybe we've already talked it into mainstream knowledge? Or do we need viewer beware labels to make it crystal clear?

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rossy rossy 5 years
I voted "NO" because unless people have been living in caves for 40+ years, the general public KNOWS that magazines were airbrushing, retouching photos since the 60's & Twiggy made the scene as a model. The girl was a beanpole to begin with but in magazine was "changed" & made ever skinnier because the camera "added pounds"! - The same can be said throughout the TV years where (mostly) women were told they "looked fat on camera" & to "lose weight" or risk being "replaced" - Case in point: Tracy Gold (Growing Pains) became anorexic in the late 80's. Before & after her others fell victim to diet pill addictions; "fasting" diets, etc. - It's changing because there isn't a stigma on it now - Bigger-sized models, actresses, etc. are strutting their stuff on TV, the big screen & runways, aren't they?
rossy rossy 5 years
I voted "NO" because unless people have been living in caves for 40+ years, the general public KNOWS that magazines were airbrushing, retouching photos since the 60's & Twiggy made the scene as a model. The girl was a beanpole to begin with but in magazine was "changed" & made ever skinnier because the camera "added pounds"!-The same can be said throughout the TV years where (mostly) women were told they "looked fat on camera" & to "lose weight" or risk being "replaced" - Case in point: Tracy Gold (Growing Pains) became anorexic in the late 80's. Before & after her others fell victim to diet pill addictions; "fasting" diets, etc.-It's changing because there isn't a stigma on it now - Bigger-sized models, actresses, etc. are strutting their stuff on TV, the big screen & runways, aren't they?
inlove23 inlove23 5 years
Amen Studio!! =)
inlove23 inlove23 5 years
Amen Studio!! =)
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
Helen that is my hugest make-up ad pet-peeve ever! I wonder if they did that with the Drew ad just so they wouldn't get sued for false advertising. I would like to see more models speaking out against photoshopping, I wonder if they're afraid of damaging their career or if they don't mind it.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
Helen that is my hugest make-up ad pet-peeve ever! I wonder if they did that with the Drew ad just so they wouldn't get sued for false advertising.I would like to see more models speaking out against photoshopping, I wonder if they're afraid of damaging their career or if they don't mind it.
Helen-Danger Helen-Danger 5 years
Advertisers should have to state that their ads are faked when the picture is supposed to represent the result of a product. Putting fake lashes on models in mascara ads is so stupid! I noticed that a recent tv ad with Drew Barrymore in it at least stated that she had individual lashes added for the shoot. That made it more credible to me. Everyone is aware that ads are photoshopped--it is just that the ads pretend that they are real life. Perhaps there could be a legend at the bottom stating, "What you will actually get from this product is nothing like this picture." That at least is honest. If the product in an ad is so great, why not show what it actually is or does?
Helen-Danger Helen-Danger 5 years
Advertisers should have to state that their ads are faked when the picture is supposed to represent the result of a product. Putting fake lashes on models in mascara ads is so stupid! I noticed that a recent tv ad with Drew Barrymore in it at least stated that she had individual lashes added for the shoot. That made it more credible to me.Everyone is aware that ads are photoshopped--it is just that the ads pretend that they are real life. Perhaps there could be a legend at the bottom stating, "What you will actually get from this product is nothing like this picture." That at least is honest.If the product in an ad is so great, why not show what it actually is or does?
Pistil Pistil 5 years
"Warning: There is a team of make-up artists, hair stylists, wardrobe, lighting crew, photographers, and digital artists behind this advertisement. Do not feel bad about yourself, it was never our intention to make you feel like you desperately need our product." I would like to see a, "This product will not effect your overall happiness, only your bank account" warning on all ads.
Pistil Pistil 5 years
"Warning: There is a team of make-up artists, hair stylists, wardrobe, lighting crew, photographers, and digital artists behind this advertisement. Do not feel bad about yourself, it was never our intention to make you feel like you desperately need our product."I would like to see a, "This product will not effect your overall happiness, only your bank account" warning on all ads.
Sundaydrive Sundaydrive 5 years
I agree with reynolda. Those signs are everywhere, and I pretty much ignore them. Although my favorite has always been the one in McDonalds warning that their buns cause cancer. I think saying that something has been airbrushed would end up going on every single picture. I doubt there is a picture that hasn't had some sort of retouching, be it lighting or whatnot.
reynolda reynolda 5 years
If they did something like this it would probably have the same effect as prop 65 warnings in CA- they were meant to warn against dangerous chemicals in products, but so many everyday things now require the warning (like the lobby of every apartment building) that people just completely ignore them. It would just be another regulation that would have zero effect in the long run because people would be so used to seeing it.
skigurl skigurl 5 years
I agree with Stephly and my two cents is: I bet self confidence wouldn't actually rise in girls
skigurl skigurl 5 years
I agree with Stephlyand my two cents is: I bet self confidence wouldn't actually rise in girls
AujahAcorn AujahAcorn 5 years
What could it hurt? Self confidence might rise in girls. One thing it wont do, is hurt anything in anyway. Why not try it?
AujahAcorn AujahAcorn 5 years
What could it hurt? Self confidence might rise in girls. One thing it wont do, is hurt anything in anyway. Why not try it?
stephley stephley 5 years
Maybe after labeling photoshopped pictures, we could label people who have had work done: 'these boobs are fake', 'this nose is not the original', 'these teeth are implants, 'these eyes have been lifted', 'this smooth face is courtesy of botox'.
Studio16 Studio16 5 years
No, and I'd like to know why a government is wasting time pushing issues like this when there are other more important things going on. Airbrushing has been around for awhile, but it really picked up speed in the 80s and 90s. Not every picture went under airbrushing and the technology wasn't as advanced. Now it's not really a new thing, but every picture goes under the mouse and you can do pretty much anything. So while girls growing up in the 80s and 90s may have needed the message reinforced "She doesn't really look that amazing," girls my generation (the girls who were just born in the 80s and 90s) really don't. We get it. We know that it's edited. We can tell, we're not stupid. "But girls are getting eating disorders!" Girls have been developing eating disorders, unfortunately, since women realized that thin was in. I can assure you that even if we put warnings on pictures, they will still get eating disorders. It's unfortunate, but true. So my advice, as a member of the Millennial Generation is to stop worrying about airbrushing and models and start educating girls on self-esteem and how to develop healthy diet and exercise habits.
Studio16 Studio16 5 years
No, and I'd like to know why a government is wasting time pushing issues like this when there are other more important things going on. Airbrushing has been around for awhile, but it really picked up speed in the 80s and 90s. Not every picture went under airbrushing and the technology wasn't as advanced. Now it's not really a new thing, but every picture goes under the mouse and you can do pretty much anything. So while girls growing up in the 80s and 90s may have needed the message reinforced "She doesn't really look that amazing," girls my generation (the girls who were just born in the 80s and 90s) really don't. We get it. We know that it's edited. We can tell, we're not stupid. "But girls are getting eating disorders!" Girls have been developing eating disorders, unfortunately, since women realized that thin was in. I can assure you that even if we put warnings on pictures, they will still get eating disorders. It's unfortunate, but true. So my advice, as a member of the Millennial Generation is to stop worrying about airbrushing and models and start educating girls on self-esteem and how to develop healthy diet and exercise habits.
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