Tuesday, April 6, 2010

When beautiful isn't beautiful...

...unless it's impossible.

The woman on left is Kimora Lee Simmons. I'm not sure who that is on the right, but I think we're supposed to believe that she is Kimora Lee Simmons.



Saranga said...

what? huh? what?

the world is wrong.

Amelia said...

Right? I mean, does whoever is responsible for that ad really think that the general public is uneducated enough to believe that it's a truthful image? And that's to say nothing about how harmful images like that have been shown (time and time again) to be on young women (even those who are media literate). Ugh.

Anonymous said...

Oh dear Lord. They gave her Gumby legs! On the one hand, I love this kind of shameless airbrushing because at least you can tell it's fake (I think/hope most people can!), as opposed to the usual airbrushing that we're lulled into thinking is just how those celebrities/models really look.

On the other hand, it's just grotesque. SIGH.

Tiberius said...

Reminds me of this picture I found a while back:


I just hope eventually it's going to get to the point where people become bored with pictures that have been edited so much (because, really, they all look pretty much the same anyway) and one popular company's going to swerve left and use real pictures of people. It will stand out by being really different, and if it's a popular enough company that does this then others will follow.

Tiberius said...

That actually reminds me of something interesting I thought of a few days back that I think would make for a thoughtful discussion. What if, one day, every single person on the planet suddenly had the ability to change his/her appearance to whatever he/she wanted? I don't mean like turning into a tiger or becoming 200 feet tall, I mean changing regularly variable human characteristics to any phenotype that can occur in nature. I think most people would end up looking exactly the same, out of either insecurity or peer pressure, but would it stay that way or would it make people realize how great it is to be unique? And how would this affect advertising? I don't know. I just thought it would be interesting to think about. And obviously this would cause problems with identifying criminals, recognizing friends, etc. But let's ignore issues like that. I'm just curious to see what people think. You (blog writers) can make this a separate post, actually, if you want.