She Got Photoshopped!

We had those times when we felt less of ourselves and less pretty after flipping through the magazines with attractive photos all over the pages. We wished to become gorgeous as those people that graced the pages of those magazines. However, as we admire their beauty, we tend to hate ours more which will bring no good to us. The truth is they aren’t flawless as we think. In reality, they possess too many flaws just like any of us. Sadly, these have become representations of beauty which many of us, especially the youth, aspire to achieve. A beauty, although they know that it possesses distortion and delusions, still they believe it to be genuine and something worth achieving.

These images we see are graphically distorted to create unrealistic and deceiving beauties. Unfortunately, these are used for marketing, for money. The more we see these deception beautiful and attractive and the more we support these, this market strategy will continuously be used as a way of marketing their products. I get scared every time I see how photoshopped photos are being made to fool the audience in so many ways. Personally, even I am aware that these photos I see on mags or on internet could be products of extreme editing still I can’t deny the fact that most of the times, they catch my attention.

When it comes to weight loss arena, we can see too many forms of advertisements of products to lose weight and they use photoshopped images to promote their products. In fact, Photoshop is a big plus for them for we easily believe anything even those we obviously know as fake or edited. A slimming product with an image of a “sexy” (*as how it is portrayed today) lady would make us notice the product more than a slimming product providing no appealing image at all. We love to see proofs of anything. We believe easily what we see such as a single testimonial or a photo even we aren’t sure if these are true. The marketing industry understood that well and took advantage of our weakness.

There are too many magazines that claim to provide authentic tips and ideas about how to get slim and how to be pretty in an instant by showing photoshopped images as proofs. Although their claims aren’t supported with authenticity, we still believe what we see and read. I don’t think it is surprising anymore to us to hear that some of those before and after miraculous changes are faked, anyhow we consider those images as proofs.

It’s not bad to look at magazines and admire people. It’s not a sin to work for a better body and for a better look. But, the love of one’s self should be the foundation of achieving an overall beauty not hatred of one’s self or insecurities because of looking up on other people’s beauty.

Also, we have to be wise consumers regarding diet and beauty products and we should stop being fooled by how beauty “standards” are introduced by the media today. We should stop comparing ourselves to these photoshopped images we see on magazines or to anybody we see as we roam around. Let’s embrace our own beauty, enhance ourselves, maintain our self-care and self-love. I believe that will make us grow into natural, beautiful and gorgeous beings.

Najmah is a Clinical Nutritionist, Med student and Writer. She is the founder of The Muslim Bricks. You can also find her blogging on her blog, By Najmah, where she writes about wellness, personal excellence, and her journey to white coat.

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