Perfect Abs in Minutes

By , 17, Staff Writer
February 4, 2011

Have you ever looked at a magazine and been awed by how flawless and beautiful everybody seemed, and then felt that you were less than adequate? Women are not the only ones that are made to feel like they should resemble Victoria’s Secret models. Advertisers and magazines target men with pictures of perfection just as often as they target women.

In this clip from the video, “Bigger, Faster, Stronger,” Chris Bell talks to photographers and discovers that images of men’s bodies are subjected to unbelievable manipulation just as often as their female counterparts. Take a look at what happens when Chris takes a “before” picture, and then an “after” picture. For his “after” picture, he gets his eyebrows plucked and his body shaved and spray tanned before taking his photo. The picture of his body is then further manipulated by using editing software.

Photoshop Before and After

Watching the graphic artist broaden Chris’ shoulders and enhance his abdomen to make him look “buff” makes it obvious that male perfection is something that can be virtually created with a few clicks of a mouse.

Magazines and ads show us perfect bodies, but wouldn’t it be great if some of those images included average looking, healthy bodies? Then maybe some people would get the message that they can be happy with their bodies just the way they are.

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