I have stumbled upon the most disturbing industry ever: Pageant Photo Retouching
These poor little girls... To take their cute, shining faces and smooth, cover, and enhance everything natural and human out of them. Maybe I'm naive, but I kind of like children to look like children. You know, instead of miniature ladies of the night.
One expert retoucher advertises "improvements" such as:
-Stray hairs removed
-Eye liner added
-Facial powder added
-"Doll Eyes" added
-Eye brows shaped
Here are a few samples of his work:
Although, now that I think of it, this does pose some interesting possibilities for my headshots. With enough tweaking I could be made to look like Nicole Kidman or Natalie Portman. I'm sure that'd do wonders for my career--well, at least until I had to show up at auditions without enhanced cheekbones and major mouth reconstruction.
I supposed the next step (for me and these pageant beauties above) is to head straight to the plastic surgeon to manage all of those unphotogenic imperfections. So much easier than constantly having to retouch eyes that don't stare vacantly and lips that haven't been painted on.
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