Photoshop – The Effect on Teen Self-Esteem


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Growing up, people have always looked up to models and their favorite celebrities. They always looked perfect and we wanted to look just like them. What we didn’t understand was that most of those photos were photoshopped.

Photoshop is a highly used source for pictures. Photoshop has become very popular. While some really love it for its ability to allow people to look their best in a photograph, it damages the actual self love that one should have for themselves. Why can’t everyone just look as themselves and not be messed with?

The perfect photos of bodies in magazines and even online might have a terrible effect on women and even men. Women aren’t the only ones who are photo shopped. Men are very insecure just like women are. While seeing these men with stronger looking bodies in magazines that are photo shopped, some men are seeing those and feeling bad about themselves. Some people with Photoshop just a blemish while others will create a whole new body for themselves.

At first, a lot of people do not really focus on how much is photo shopped in magazines. Almost every celebrity is photo shopped. A woman who is constantly photo shopped would be Kim Kardashian-West. A photo of her with cellulite showing surfaced on the internet not too long ago. When she noticed all of the negative comments, she was shocked. “So what? I have a little cellulite. What curvy girl doesn’t? How many people do you think are photo shopped? It happens all the time! I’m proud of my body and my curves and this picture coming out is probably helpful for everyone to see that just because I am on the cover of a magazine doesn’t mean I’m perfect.” Kardashian stated in a post. When everyone sees all of these photo shopped images, people forget how people actually look. Nobody is perfect.

People start to notice that their bodies do not look like the ones in the pictures and many will go to the extent to get surgery done. Plenty of people in the world have gotten plastic surgery, added cup sizes to their chest, go larger buttox implants and nose jobs. There are so many things that people will change about themselves just because of what they see in photos and online.

Most of the photos we see online today are photo shopped. Models who are already very skinny are edited to look even smaller by magazines and photographers. Their waists are shrunk, their arms and legs become nothing but bones and every imperfection is completely erased. They make them look like they have small hourglass shaped bodies when in reality, they look like us.

Some pictures go as far as to morph the women’s bodies into figures that are impossible to achieve in reality. They make them into barbie-looking humans. Models permit photographers to edit their bodies and change them completely. The negative message these pictures send out, especially to someone who is already struggling with their image, is absolutely awful. Girls and guys need to grow up looking up to real people. Real bodies should not be toyed with. These pictures lead everyone to think that these bodies are how theirs should look. Younger girls are seeing these pictures and wanting to grow up way too quickly. They see them and ask to change themselves and tell their parents they want to look like these models.

Women need to understand that they do not need to look like these models. Whatever size they are, 00-28, they are all beautiful. Teaching young ones that what they see in magazines and online is not always true. They should learn to love themselves as they grow up. They Should not want to change themselves to fit in or to look differently.

Everyone needs to learn to love their bodies and not listen to what media is saying. Everyone is different and everyone has different bodies. Loving yourself is the key to getting out of this stage of society.