We've all seen those images of the before and after shoots of a model. She starts out as a plain, average (sometimes a little strange-looking, really) girl and ends up as a bombshell supermodel. Oh the magic of makeup, lighting, and - let's be real - lots and lots of computerized modifications. Airbrushing has been blamed as one of the major causes of society's unrealistic expectations for women and a sign of the modern degradation of the human body. But should we be surprised? From Da Vinci to Degas to Demarchelier, all artists have idealized their subjects - male or female. Come across many guys looking like David lately? Me either.
Want proof? Take a look at these before and after shots of pinups girl posters. The test images - real photos of real women - are so charming you almost wonder why they even bothered with the illustrated versions!
All images via Retronaut
Oh well, maybe someday we'll accept bodies as they are. But until then, it's nice to remember that media images are just someone's creation of beauty - one that often misses out on all the charm of the real thing.