To Photoshop, or Not to Photoshop?…
By: Morgan Whaley
There is an Instagram account that is causing some talk. The account wephotoshopwhat, a parody on the fashion blogger account weworewhat, calls out famous Instagram users for photoshopping. For some, the account is overly critical and is claimed to cyberbully but the opposition praises the account for calling out the alterations. While the condemners of the account have a point that people should be able to do whatever they want with their pictures, I agree with the latter. (p.s. if you look at this account, some of these people needed to be called out on because they just did an awful job at it).
We have come to a point where everything on a screen is most likely photoshopped and personally I find it scary. (Now, just to clear the air, adding a filter and changing the shape of your thigh are two totally different things. Filters= ok, thigh reshaping= no) Essentially, an image you could see in a magazine or a billboard, is skewed reality. If you have not already seen it, I recommend you to watch the Dove Evolution video. If that doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will. Spoiler alert, the girl that get put on the magazine isn’t real, she was drawn using a real girl’s face simply as a template.Before it was just big corporations committing this moral crime but now individuals with computer and phone apps are also changing the standard of beauty into a lie.Though the editing shown in the Dove commercial has a much more serious consequence than what we do on Instagram daily, they’re both photoshopping. Are we just too self conscious to own up to our flaws?
So often people complain about the image that companies have determined for us but do nothing to change it. Instead they fall into the pattern of self- conscious photoshopping. Think about it, the magazine did it, so the celebrity does it, then the fashion blogger does it, then the average person sees it and believes that this is what people look like. Your own self conscious action to photoshop could foster insecurities in any person who sees it and could make them feel they aren’t living up to a standard of beauty that you aren’t either. So next time you snap that selfie and think about changing that size of your arms or nose of thigh, think of what that entails about what you think of yourself and how it will affect others.