1. Even if you really love yourself, it’s tough not to look in the mirror sometimes and wonder what you might look like if x body part was just a little different. But beauty really IS super subjective, and to prove it, the women of Ladylike decided to get their bodies photoshopped to fit their respective cultural beauty standards:
2. Here’s Safiya before and after she was photoshopped to fit Indian beauty standards:
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What was changed: lighter skin, thinner thighs and arms, narrower waist, hips, and shoulders.
3. Here’s how Saf felt after seeing her photoshopped photo:
“At first, seeing my photoshopped body was kind of an “I Spy” game of what had been changed – I noticed the size of my thighs immediately but it took me much longer to figure out the other changes. I was surprised by how similar Indian beauty standards seemed to be to American ones! And how so many small changes can add up to this clone-y version of yourself: where you look like a person who looks like you but not like yourself. Even though it was somewhat jarring to look at, the photoshop made me realize that I don’t really need to or want to change my body to look more like it.”
4. Here’s Kristin before and after being photoshopped to Italian beauty standards:
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What was changed: Thinner waist, thighs, calves, feet, arms, hands, neck, face, and butt, higher boobs, tanner skin.
Here’s how Kristin felt about her photoshopped photo:
“Even if I was thinner, this isn’t how my fat would be distributed, and you don’t get to choose where your body keeps your fat. This is basically off-brand me. I am literally staring at Kirkland-brand Kristin. And while she is a perfectly good and valid fake person, I don’t see myself here. “
5. Here’s Freddie before and after being photoshopped to African-American beauty standards:
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What was changed: lighter skin, more defined chin, thinner stomach, bigger thighs, butt and boobs.
Here’s how Fred felt about seeing her photo:
“The photoshopped picture was pretty much exactly what I thought it would look like. As a kid, I dreamed of having these curves, and lighter skin as well. The curves aren’t as jarring to me as seeing myself with a different complexion.”
6. And here’s Jen before and after being photoshopped to Japanese beauty standards:
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What was changed: Narrower calves, thighs, hips, shoulders, face and facial features, smaller boobs, lighter skin, and wider eyes.
7. Here’s how Jen reacted to seeing her photos:
“Seeing my photoshopped self was pretty underwhelming! It was cool that someone is able to photoshop that effectively. BUT it kinda was like looking at a funhouse mirror: Kinda recognized myself, but didn’t feel too affected because it looked a lil’ cartoonish.”
8. Overall, we were mixed on seeing our appearances changed so much. The new photos weren’t bad, but they definitely didn’t feel like us, you know?
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