Models demonstrate how deceptive photo editing is
On the internet, on TV and in magazines — everyday we see models and other stars elegantly styled and perfectly posed. Young and old alike become strongly influenced by these pictures and often consider them as benchmarks for their own bodies.
Fashion bloggers Callie Thorpe and Diana Sirokai from the UK are also successful models. They regularly post photos on Instagram of their daily lives. Whether it's their Outfit of the Day, tasty food or holiday snapshots, they share something with their followers. Above all, they want to be role models for their fans, particularly when it comes to their own bodies. For this reason, they decided one day to post two particular photos they had taken together.
In the first photo, both women are seen in black underwear — with smooth skin, beautiful hair and slim legs. A "normal" picture that could published, unchanged, in a glossy magazine. Following this picture, the two women uploaded yet another photo — which looked a little different.
In the second photo, you can see both women as God made them. With bellies, cellulite and a little double chin, Callie Thorpe and Diana Sirokai are in fact not as thin as that first picture showed. Callie and Diana are known and successful as plus size models. The first picture is simply an extremely edited version of the second picture.
Explaining the before and after photos, Diana said, "The purpose of this was to show you all how magazines and the media takes editing to a different level. Models and celebrities do not even look like theirselves. We live in such a fake world, it's time to bring real back."
With these two pictures, they not only wanted to show that you shouldn't believe everything you see in magazines, but also that women with curves can be just as beautiful and sexy as thin models. Callie said, "We want to show women that it's okay to look 'normal,' to have cellulite, stretch marks and tummies that aren't flat and toned."
The success of the two women has proven them right. Diana is a model and fashion designer while Callie writes her own fashion blog and has already appeared in Vogue.
The reaction to both pictures was very positive, because their followers praised the two women for their openness and honesty. Many found the unedited version of the picture even more beautiful. In a wonderful way, these photos show that no one needs to be shamed for their body, no matter what clothes size they wear — because no body is perfect, but every body is beautiful!
We can only agree with Callie when she says, "Be happy with you who you are and the skin you are in." We hope she and Diana keep on keeping it real!