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.