And the winner of the Most Unnecessary Celebrity Photoshopping award is… Flare magazine for their butchering of Jennifer Lawrence! I know, I’d never heard of it either – but this Canadian fashion mag proves that extreme and needless Photoshop retouching is an international problem and not just exclusive to vain Americans! Yay! Just kidding. Bad, Flare magazine. Very very bad.
I thought the whole point of Photoshop was to make women feel bad about our weight, height, and overall figure, but I was wrong. Now we’re supposed to lament the latitude and longitude of our collarbone placement, the color and shape of our hands, and the shadowy outlines cast upon our faces and outfits.
Also, can someone please explain to me what editor made the call to have Jennifer appear older? Maybe I’m getting mixed up here, but I thought “Hollywood starlets” were supposed to always appear youthfully tucked and pulled and plumped. Of course teenage actresses are supposed to look 30, but anyone 20+ should look super young, right? Isn’t that the rule? Because this photo makes 23-year-old Jennifer appear much older. What’s the point of being a young and carefree age if a magazine is going to slap you on the cover looking like you’re of the age to order the Romy and Michelle “businesswoman special”? Yes, this magazine is from 2011 but this GIF is from 2013 and Photoshopping is more rampant than ever, so these questions are all relevant.
I hope all women out there–whether you’re young and impressionable or older with a fully-developed complex– realize that the beautiful women in magazines have completely unattainable looks they themselves can’t even attain. Don’t believe me? Check out these other celebrity Photoshop victims and see for yourself.