Aside from the writers, models, and photographers (and even that can be questioned), it seems magazine editors’ most cherished asset comes in the form of a computer program that allows them to make subtle changes to photos before the issue gets published.
The popular photo editing software is used rampantly throughout the industry, adjusting skin tones, removing blemishes, shading body parts to make them look slimmer, making the lighting appear lighter or darker.
It’s no wonder women all over the world question what beauty is when all they see are edited photos making already gorgeous ladies even more stunning. It’s a level of perfection that is unattainable and in more and more cases, it has nothing to do with what the model actually looks like; it’s the handiwork of someone else entirely.
But sometimes editors take it a little too far and the subject is altered so much that at times they are unrecognizable or just a little too perfect. Other times, the Photoshopping is so egregious it just makes you wonder how they got their job in the first place.
Check out some of the worst celebrity Photoshopped photos ever:
Eva Mendes is one of the most beautiful, sultry, sexiest women on the planet and even she can’t escape being Photoshopped. Maybe she was a little tired when she arrived at this shoot for an international publication of Cosmopolitan and they wanted to even out her eyes, but what’s with changing her skin tone?
No one in their right mind believes anyone pushing 60 looks like the finished product here. Madonna is fierce at any age and the original proves it!
And sometimes, it’s reverse editing. Kelly Ripa is a teeny tiny lady but she was obviously too small for the liking of this editor, so they added instead of their usual subtracting.
This is one of the first photos to circulate the internet showing the changes publications use to alter appearances. Take a look and ask yourself, “What was so bad about the original?” Nothing.
Men are not exempt from the editors’ Photoshop wrath. Here, Calvin Klein took some…creative license with this image of the Biebs.