I felt pretty honoured when Franzi asked me to do a guest post for her blog. So here comes my very first blog post – I hope you enjoy it! Youdid
I was meddling with different ideas when finally last monday I stumbled across a picture in a local newspaper:
I often wondered what Renaissance-Venuses would look like today. Now Italian artist Anna Utopia Giordano has answered my question. She digitally slimmed 10 famous Venuses down to a size comparable to 21st century fashion models. Besides that she enlarged their breasts to make them concordant with today’s idea of a beautiful female body.
Yet Utopia’s intention was not just to echo the often heard criticism of an unhealthy skinny body image. She rather wants to illustrate how easy it is for the fashion world to digitally manipulate images of models, creating standards of beauty that are impossible for most women to attain. 1
Below you see pictures of the Venus project by Anna Utopia Giordano. Cross your heart – which version is more pleasant to your eye?
Notice that even the surrounding ladies had to slim down here.
And is it only models and stars that fall victim to this kind of manipulation? When did you take your last photo for an application? Was it returned to you in a way you recognised yourself – with all your tiny flaws?
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