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Our distorted perceptions of beauty

October 30, 2006


Giulio (guest)  -  October 30, 2006, 16:55
That's real...
Deleted0001  -  October 30, 2006, 17:05
Oh my god... This is crazy!
O yea! (guest)  -  October 30, 2006, 18:00
blindgaenger  -  October 30, 2006, 18:37
i prefer 'em unshopped. she could have smiled though...
navysealltblue  -  October 30, 2006, 22:53
I agree with this 10000%. Not only do I think our perception is distorted, but I thought she was gorgeous before the makeup... didn't care so much for her afterwards lol.
Brody  -  October 31, 2006, 00:11
I'd hit it...No really good message tho
Loosh  -  October 31, 2006, 04:31
This should be an educational film that's obligatory for every girl to see before they read their first Cosmo. And it wouldn't hurt for every man in the world to see this, either :)
yea (guest)  -  October 31, 2006, 07:23
so true, everyone has got their expectations to high.
Airamana (guest)  -  October 31, 2006, 08:37
What they've done to the appearence of this girl is art. But those artist created an unrealistic work of art, a materialised vision of idilic perfection. That is not wrong by itself, because like I said, it is art (Picasso also created unrealistic paintings for example); a way of expressing one's emotions, desires etc. But what IS wrong, is that people made this unrealistic beauty vision become a model for people, people who actually don't know that this image is unachievable in the real world - those pople took a work of art and threw it in our faces saying: "This is beauty, anything less than this is not. This is how you must be". That way of thinking is most harmful to the teenagers. They are in very sensitive time of life, where they try to be similar to today's society's model, they just try to fit in. And this is what our society tells them: "You must be flawless, your skin must look like porculan, your eyes must be big and blue, you must be anorexic..." And we know how it feels like when you don't fit in. Mature people are bombarded by those messages also, but are able to recognise it as it is; a big hypocrate lie, created not by artist (who only made this unrealistic image of perfection), but by society - fashion industry. And we all how people from fashion industry are like...
Draugovininkas  -  October 31, 2006, 10:14
Airmana said all that had to be said. Sadly there's not much we can do. The companies have to make money somehow and a few videos won't stop them.
SaxxonPike (guest)  -  October 31, 2006, 14:19
Good soundtrack. Excellent execution. And so very true.
Son of Zion (guest)  -  October 31, 2006, 14:45
This is the world we live in, how sad is that....
Airamana (guest)  -  October 31, 2006, 20:53
@ Loosh: I solely used Picasso as an example for unrealistic artwork creator not becuse I found his art to be most similar to the "art" shown in the video, but because he is well known (as an unrealistic artwork creator). I wanted to make a comparison that most people (=people who know at least a little something about Picasso) would understand. The point is that neither Picasso's artwork and neither this "artwork" from video are both NOT realistic. They both show artist's vision of something. That is what makes them both art. But art is art, no matter if it's not good art. That's why I understand and respect your opinion, that that this, shown in the video, is not art. I agree with you Draugovininkas.
navysealltblue  -  October 31, 2006, 21:58
I say that I agree with this not because I think that she is being melded, but that people tend to follow other's concepts of beauty instead of thier own. In this age of media and information, most of us are swayed easily by the images that we see. I'd like to see people find natural beauty on thier own. (without being brainwashed)
pre (guest)  -  October 31, 2006, 23:32
can someone do that to me
Cesa  -  November 1, 2006, 12:56
Heh, I thought she was pretty from the beginning... :)
aero  -  November 1, 2006, 15:24
Why bother using a live model, putting makeup on, taking the photos and finally retouching everything? Why not just create everything in the computer from the beginning - much cheaper.
hikusar (guest)  -  November 2, 2006, 00:11
@ aero: We don't do it just from a computer because many people can still tell that the image was made on a computer. By photoshoping a real person, many natural human features are preserved and people will see the image as something acheivable instead of fake.
Niedec (guest)  -  November 3, 2006, 03:09
Meh. Too cliche for my liking. I've seen this done thousands of times before. Also, the perception of beauty can't really be altered. Paradigms exist in almost any culture, and all you can do is find a paradigm that suits most. If you make fat people seem beautiful, the skinny ones will feel bad, and vica versa. I think people should just have enough common sense to know that TV is fake, and that beauty, whether "real" or not, shouldn't really be an issue at all. A good book to read is Harrison Burgeron by Kurt Vonnegut. It basically says that if equality was accepted completely, anyone with talent or something that stands out would suffer.
bob (guest)  -  November 4, 2006, 17:13
@Loosh: it was Dali who painted molten watches, not picasso.
butthead (guest)  -  November 5, 2006, 20:41
olol pwnt
buttercup (guest)  -  November 5, 2006, 20:42
Picasso was ghey
Shitface (guest)  -  November 5, 2006, 20:42
Dali f**ked his own arse
butthead (guest)  -  November 5, 2006, 20:43
olol pwnt
Loosh  -  November 6, 2006, 16:59
@ [b]bob[/b]: How very true. *blushes* Damn do I feel stupid now. Byt anyway, my point was that no matter how many far-fetched and incoherent arguments [b]Airamana[/b] comes up with, retouching a photograph for a make-up commercial IS NOT ART!!!
pagu (guest)  -  November 9, 2006, 11:04
SaxxonPike (guest)  -  November 9, 2006, 16:41
Well it IS art in a sense. But it's art that creates deceptions about the truth about beauty, thus forming a slanted standard of what beauty is. I think that's damaging to those who are insecure of their physical image.
laiiney (guest)  -  November 12, 2006, 17:38
awww.. she was still prettyful in the beginning. and then she looked really weir d and artificial in the end
Vilxan (guest)  -  November 21, 2006, 15:08
@Airamana & Loosh, I agree with you both on that, but lets say that these companies were putting up pictures of Picasso, which are so un-realistic, and said that everyone must look like that picture, people would actually try to look like Picasso's paintings, the way people try to look like celebrities, which most of them have been put through the same process as this woman on this video? I wouldn't think so, since picasso is just TOO unrealistic, and his paintings don't look like people, while this thing looks like a person, so therefore, people will think, if that person could do it, I can.
fnx (guest)  -  November 27, 2006, 00:31
She was beautiful to begin with. After all the makeup and photoshopping she didn't even look the same person anymore.
Meg (guest)  -  November 28, 2006, 01:21
This is insane....its actually quite sad....
Meg (guest)  -  November 28, 2006, 01:22
This is insane....its actually quite sad....
Roy (guest)  -  January 21, 2007, 12:26
Thats awesome....same goes for boys
Elizabeth (guest) (guest)  -  February 1, 2007, 03:24
Excellent realistic truthful video.
PHB (guest)  -  March 4, 2007, 03:15
Another good example of how beauty can be distorted:
wtf?  -  October 16, 2007, 03:16
wow is that for real?????
mobula  -  February 16, 2008, 11:48
wow - was man mit Schminke und einem guten Grafikprogramm alles machen kann - darum - glaubt nie der Werbung!!!

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