Have we forgotten what real women look like?
Instagram and other photo-based websites have become an online fantasy photo album bordering on cosplay.
Photo modification has become so prevalent, that it is obvious that fantasy is routinely preferred over reality – all for the sake of competing in the SMP. It’s gotten to the point where women are ashamed to display their true appearance in photos without some readjustments and filters.
This post will take a look at the effects of posing, makeup, lighting, and image retouching (i.e. “photo shopping”) that has become commonplace. For this purpose, I’ve collected a total of 20 “before and after” photographs from around the web, which will reveal the nature of the transformation.
Concerning the models…
- Some of the models are from dating websites.
- Some of the models are famous actors.
- Some of the models are porn stars.
Concerning the image treatment…
- Some “after” images have cosmetic make up added.
- Some “after” images have studio lighting.
- Some “after” images have photo editing.
- Some “after” images have some combination of the above.
You may notice that some women actually look better without any cosmetic makeup. In general, younger women and naturally beautiful women look better without makeup, while older women and naturally fugly women look better with makeup added.
Those who need a little “extra help”, face the enticing temptation to enter the world of fantasy, so that they can look good enough to be eaten by the sexually voracious.
Features that are commonly modified through photo editing include the following.
- Add highlights and shadow.
- Enhance color contrast.
- Remove signs of aging (e.g. cellulite, crow’s feet, jowls, nasolabial folds, pockmarks, sags, wrinkles…).
- Improve signs of fertility (e.g. add color to the cheeks, eyes and hair, enhance WHR, increase breast size, smoothen the skin…).
- Enhance fitness (e.g. reduce bulges and folds of flab, emphasize muscular definition…).
- Amplify vitality (e.g. bigger, fuller hair, “glowing” skin, larger eyes with enhanced cosmetic accentuation around the eyes…).
- Add a glorified gloss to the presentation (e.g. studio lighting, shaved/waxed and oiled skin, shiny hair…).
- Create the illusion of intimacy and sexual access (e.g. smiling, open mouth, raised chin, less clothing and more skin…).
- Removing certain details of humanity.
Concerning the last item on the list, this is one of the most common photo editing treatments. The details which are addressed are worth considering, because some details are uniquely endearing, while others create an impression of common debasement which is the natural result of spiritual dissipation (i.e. sin). It is interesting because many details that are endearing are often removed (e.g. freckles, a wisp of hair, crooked teeth, epicanthic folds for Native Americans, Asians, and Irish…), while certain indicators of debasement are left remaining (e.g. dyed hair, haughtiness, hollow eyes, tattoos…).
A Collage Comparison of Images
Here are a few images using makeup only.
Here is one with cosmetic makeup, hair color, and studio lighting.
Here is what photo editing can do.
Here are two examples with studio lighting and photo editing.
When cosmetic makeup, studio lighting, and photo editing are used in combination, the result is a total transformation that looks nothing like the real person.
When comparing the above images, you may notice that from among the different types of image modification, cosmetic makeup is largely responsible for the drastic transformation of facial images. Photo editing is used most effectively to transform surfaces, facial structure, and physical form. Studio lighting has the least effect of all on the form of appearance, except that it can glorify the final presentation.
As you can see, the overall goal of posing, lighting, and photo enhancement is to glorify the outward appearance through an assortment of image treatments.
Women have forgotten that true beauty originates in the heart.
3 Do not let your public presentation be merely attention getting — painting your face like a clown, wearing skimpy clothing, or photo shopping yourself into a caricature of the real you — 4 rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. 5 For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you show natural affection to your husband and are not alpha widowed with any insecurities.1st Peter 3:3-6 (NΣFV)
Upon reviewing a number of these treatments in the photos above, the impressions gained here may help “recalibrate” your estimations of women’s actual appearance and true level of attractiveness.
If it looks too good to be true, it is probably fantasy.
In fact, let’s call it what it is — fantasy cosplay with an emphasis on sexual semiotics.
Men, know what to look for!