Celebrities may look beautiful and perfect, but what is it that we are actually seeing? We all know that they have probably had a bit of help with botox and lipo at some stage, but are the images we see the real them, or a photo-shopped version of the original which may be so airbrushed, filtered and edited that we really aren't seeing a true representation of the person anymore.
The editing does not end with perfecting peoples faces and skin, now digital touch-ups are even removing parts of people's bodies to make them look thinner.
Just this last week a row has erupted over how the bodies of some of the females stars on the TV show "I'm a Celebrity" appear to look drastically different from when they have posed in swimwear or underwear pictures taken in studio photo-shoots. Ferne McCann and Vicky Pattison look surprisingly less smooth and toned when washing in their bikini's the jungle shower!
It's no wonder that we, the ordinary people, are put under so much pressure to look our best at all times, a goal that's impossible to reach, not only for us apparently, but also for our Goddess-like role models. It's a bit demoralising being surrounded by photo's of models and pop stars that have been altered, not by botox or laser lipo but by technology.
We all know that today, ladies, whether famous or not, indulge in cosmetic procedures to help hold back the passage of time. There is no shame in having a bit of botox for the fine lines, maybe some lipo to get rid of unwanted fat, dermal fillers or lip enhancements. After all if we can make improvements on ourselves and boost our esteem, then why not?
But when women who are already slim and beautiful have their faces and bodies altered, whether with their knowledge and approval or by photographers without their knowing, then all it does is give an unrealistic portrayal of a woman's face and body. Model and TV presenter Kelly Brook even photo-shopped her own photo on Instagram recently to much public disapproval!
Why do models need to be airbrushed? Aren't models supposed to look good without having been airbrushed? If the already perfect people aren't judged to be perfect then what chance do we have?
Actress Julia Roberts is a beautiful woman who starred in Lancôme cosmetic advert, advertising foundation that supposedly created a natural light in the face. The images of the two page ad's were so digitally enhanced that the advert was judged misleading and was banned.
1960.s supermodel and actress Twiggy was also in an advert that was banned, this one was for the Olay "Definity Eye Illuminator" cream that promised : "Reduces the look of wrinkles and dark circles for brighter, younger-looking eyes" Complaints were, that the advert had been digitally re-touched, but gave the false impression that the cream alone was responsible for Twiggy's face being virtually line free. The woman is in her sixties for goodness sakes - she's earned some lines on her face!
In the end though, we all want to look the best we can and if we have a bit of botox or lipo to help us out, then all well and good. But we all still want to essentially still look like "us" and not some plastic line free mannequin.
Remember, nobody is perfect - you don't have to be perfect to be beautiful !
Cheesy, but true.