"Photoshopped women who don't really exist..." The words stung as I read them. They stung because although I know that the images that I see on the cover of People and Essence aren't real, I am tempted to believe that they are, and worse—to want to look like them. But the images are altered, crafted for hours to perfection or near perfection.
I know firsthand the power of Photoshop. With the click of a mouse, a pimple can disappear and a nose can suddenly appear more defined. Cheekbones can protrude, and eyelashes can pop.
So today, I will show some images of myself—some natural, some retouched, and others completely untouched, but with make-up. What is real? What's been altered? Can you guess?
Photo 1: Make-up, Un-retouched
Photo 2: No Make-up, Un-retouched
Photo 3: Make-up, Un-retouched
Photo 4: Make-up, Retouched
Photo 5: Make-up, Un-retouched
Photo 6: Make-up, Retouched