Yesterday on the internet a story ran rampage about plus-sized Colombian-American beauty editor Maria Southard Ospina, who paid 30 photo editors from different parts of the world to make her look more beautiful as a social experiment on the ethics of airbrushing.
She fully expected them all to slim her down, which would have sent the internet into outrage mode, but instead just three did, which sent the internet into its other mode: 'OMG SO AMAZING #swoon'.
Yes, it was good to see that most editors didn't feel she needed to be skinnier to look more beautiful (though I'm guessing a lot of them sussed out the entrapment), but there's a more pressing issues here – how are these "experts" being allowed near Photoshop?
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If you're interested, here are Marie's conclusions on the project (in which she makes no mention of how Canada made her look like Celine Dion if she was in an identity parade in The Sims):
"I must admit that when embarking on this experiment, I pretty much assumed that the majority of the editors would quite drastically change my bone structure and weight. However, out of the 21, only three really made me look visibly thinner — and drastically so (Ukraine, Mexico and Latvia). Weirdly enough, there wasn’t much of a middle ground. Some used quite a lot of airbrushing (India and Sri Lanka, for instance) to create an overall softer, less angled feel. And as a result, that made my face look less double-chinny and more calcimined. But for the most part, I was actually pretty surprised to see how much I still look like myself in the vast majority of these photos."Reuse content