Mean As Custard (calico_pye) wrote,
Mean As Custard

Takepart's Photoshopped Masterpieces


From the webpage

We’re sure all of you have seen the parodies of Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Mona Lisa” that went viral lately all over the internet. The version of Mona Lisa taking a selfie, or the one who over used make-up, all of them try to make us think about how our society has evolved.  In a world where beauty means skinny, weight-obsessed women who alter their natural features as much as they can, takepart decided to do a series to highlight how much the concept of beauty has changed over the years.

Takepart is a popular website with the mission “to inspire and accelerate social change by connecting content to social action”. After working for years in this field, their photo editors have seen it all: tucking tummies, contouring jaw lines, enlarging eyes and lips, brushing out cellulite, even full-out head swapping. Everyone wants to reach perfection when it comes to the way they look.


There have been many discussions and worrying about the media’s portrayal and obsession with an unrealistic and unattainable beauty standard. What is really crazy is how much retouching viewers don’t even notice. Even an image that looks “natural”, if featured on a website or in a magazine, have no doubt – it has definitely been retouched.


Takepart took a digital liquefy brush to the painstakingly layered oils of some of the most celebrated paintings of the female form, nipping and tucking at will. The result is shocking – the essence, the romance and delicacy of the paintings have vanished. There’s nothing poetic about a skinny body with a tiny waist and huge breasts – beautiful women aren’t perfect.

(Source - - Accessed 05/07/14)

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Well, it isn't news to anyone re airbrushing etc., however as a species, we predominantly experience our environment through our eyes.  We will not continually remind ourselves that the modern-day models/celebrities are airbrushed to perfection. Unconsciously, humans tend to copy what they experience - monkey see, monkey do.  Is it any wonder that women of all ages unconsciously struggle for perfection in today's society?

Not that painters painted what they saw - I am sure the sitters expected a certain amount of artistic licence. And how do the Master's fair?  Not particularly well.  Degas' redhead looks like she has watching one too many Pro-Ana sites; Botticelli's Venus with a non-existent waist and a massive rack looks obscene rather than exquisite; Modigliani's original brunette may have looked *ahem* 'burly' in today's eyes - however, the altered version has 'Disneyfied' the sitter and has given her Anime eyes and an unconvincing rosebud smile.  It steals the sensuality of the painting and devalues Modigliani's passion as a painter.
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