So You Think You Know What a Real Body Looks Like, Huh?

As I write this, I’m trying *really* hard to not get freaked out about the implications of this digital retouching process. So, watch the vid, then read my comments below…

So why am I freaked out?

Firstly, the many shapes and forms of the media has not been exactly responsible about how they represent the variety of sizes and shapes of our human bodies. Nor have they been responsive to public concern about the health impacts of these fantasy representations of human, particularly female, bodies, on the psyche and wellbeing of real humans. Young people are especially vulnerable.

Now, any director or producer can make a woman’s body more ‘perfect’, less realistic – and because she’s walking, talking, dancing, laughing, crying, making love, whatever – it will be less obvious than ever that her body is actually digitally altered. How long before hair, nose size, lip fullness, even eye colour, is given the same treatment?

I leave you to draw your own conclusions on that.

I would think that a whole swag of people in the movie and TV industries would now be seeing their skills, gained over decades, now at risk of slipping away. People like makeup artists, hairdressers, even the makers of incredible alien or monster masks would be on the gangplank of that sinking ship, I’m thinking. I’m no expert, but I’m betting than an expert in the industry would see a whole bunch of other people would be in the queue too!

I can see an upside though – in that we may reach some kind of saturation point about how much we are actually able to believe what we see in the media. And that might trigger our focus onto things that really matter, like in the case of an actor, how much their performance is able to move us. In other words, a focus on their real talent as an actor, as opposed to a focus on their cup size, flatness of their stomach, or bootyliciousness of their bum.

Could happen 🙂

For now, be aware more than ever that what you see is NOT necessarily what is true – and that YOU are your body’s best friend.


  1. kat genn-winkler on December 7, 2010 at 4:40 am

    you ought to consider adding a “share” button on this garbage and your commentary.

  2. kat genn-winkler on December 7, 2010 at 4:42 am

    ok i found it haha. feel like a nitwit now 🙂

    • Sandy on December 7, 2010 at 4:46 am

      I think the end-of-year stuff is catching up with us all – my head’s been really slow 🙂

      • Sandy on December 7, 2010 at 4:52 am

        Actually I just noticed I sent a blank-subject email to nearly 4000 people – ahem…. sorry if you were one of them 😀

  3. Janine Lattimore on December 7, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    That is scary.

    Next step – living in a virtual world because we’ve all been so tuned out to the beauty of the imperfection of the real world?

    We think we want perfection, but really we don’t – it’s characterless and boring.
    We think we want a life without problems, but problems are what help us learn and grow, they make life an adventure.

    • Sandy on December 8, 2010 at 5:27 am

      Jeanine, just reading in the paper this morning that lovely Australian actor Kerry Armstrong saying her role models are women like Helen Mirren – gorgeous and natural! And “I know I don’t have a time limit on my ability or technique” – seeing herself as a whole real woman, love it 🙂 I also read that 3 million people in China are having plastic surgery to improve their looks, so they’ll be successful – man, the marketing is so effective, and the education about the marketing not enough – yet! (horrific stats about the number of people who die under the knife as well :(( ) Agreed, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, as my granny used to say 😀

  4. vicki on April 20, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Need to point out they are not called koalas not koala bears!

    • Sandy on April 22, 2011 at 9:19 pm

      Thanks Vicki 🙂

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