The Evolution of Beauty.

The folks at The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty have put together a movie that’s a real eye opener on why our perceptions of what beauty is (in regards to women at least) are so screwed up.

It reminds me of when I was in my early 20’s and working as a copy jerk at a local Kinko’s. We had aspiring models come in all the time to get color copies made of their pictures and I was always amazed to discover they were models because when they’re not wearing makeup and professionally done hairstyles they tend to look kinda average. They weren’t unattractive people, but they weren’t OMFGLOOKITHERSHESGORGEOUS types either, but their pictures certainly were and back then it was mostly makeup and airbrushing that made it happen. Toss in today’s advanced makeup techniques and digital photo manipulation and it’s a whole other world.

Watch the following movie and marvel as a rather plain looking woman with facial blemishes is transformed into a stunning representation of feminine beauty that doesn’t exist in reality…

And we wonder why so many women have self-image problems.

29 thoughts on “The Evolution of Beauty.

  1. I have always tried to find the beauty within.  To me that is much more fullfilling.  Give me someone I can talk to, or at least one I can stand to talk to.

  2. I’ll admit, I am floored. I knew that they often used computers to touch up photos, but I’d never seen it done before. They didn’t touch up, they made a new person. It’s a good thing that I feel that billboards are evil(or maybe boring, or they distract me and I hit cars, or people, whichever is there…) so I ignore them. Either way, though, it doesn’t seem like they should be able to do things like that without some kind of disclosure statement attached to the picture. You know, let people know it’s not really like that. Kind of like “This is a dramatization…” quotes on the History Channel.

  3. The challange is to educate the young girls that brains do count for something in our society. From a very early age I started to ask my eldest daughter; “What is more important? To be smart or beautiful?” Her answer was always “To be smart” And I helped to reinforce that ideal by, among other things, suggesting that Barbie is short for Barbarian.

    After seeing this blog entry I thought I should ask my 4 year old the same question. Her answer was “To be beautiful” Ack!!! I asked her why? And she said so that she could get married. I did try to tell her that you do not have to be beautiful to get married (just look at me, I thought)…I am definitely going to have a talk with her tonight, but I sense it will be a difficult and uphill battle.

    Even the eldest one has started, I suppose it was inevitable, to play with Barbies occasionally. Damn peer pressure!!! How does the beauty programming begin at such an early age? Advertising? Societal expectations?

  4. I helped to reinforce that ideal by, among other things, suggesting that Barbie is short for Barbarian.

    ROCK ON!!!

    Best of luck with The Talk tonight.  I was lucky—I knew that I was doomed to the drumsticks from Mom’s side of the family pretty early on.  wink  But what really hammered it in was hearing a guy a couple years older than I point out that sooner or later beauty would make a person complacent and by the time you can’t slide by on your looks anymore, it’s too late to change and you’ll just end up old and bitter. 

    I definitely agree with Gunslinger, though.  Photoshopping is a far cry from airbrushing.  Why do they even start with real people anymore?  How far are we from “Idoru”-type supermodel-celebrities?  (Not that it wouldn’t be a relief in some ways if we could get rid of vapid anorexics like Kate Moss, Paris Hilton, et. al.)

  5. One of the women they use in the UK for this ‘real beauty’ campaign has both boobs and hips- the kind that are supposed to be unattractive. Sexier than any supermodel. The photos of supposedly the worlds most beautiful always look unreal, not in the photoshop sense but in the ‘anyone home’ sense- almost like a magic eye picture that has to be looked at ‘just so’.

  6. There are actually many “models” done in Adobe Illustrator using a raytracing/vectoring function to generate the person. They are almost indistinguishable from a real model. Hell, I didn’t notice the difference until it was pointed out.

  7. vapid anorexics like Kate Moss, Paris Hilton, et. al.)

    Nothing turns me off more than the stupidly inane and obnoxiously ignorant comments of paris hilton.

    She talks like a 9 year old and she thinks it’s cute (at her age!!??)

    Crap. I tell you , with a brain like hers, I won’t get a hard on even if she strips to the undies.

    The blockheads get me running to the hills.

    Get me a plain jane with wit anytime.

  8. Nothing turns me off more than the stupidly inane and obnoxiously ignorant comments of paris hilton.

    She talks like a 9 year old and she thinks it’s cute (at her age!!??)

    Crap. I tell you , with a brain like hers, I won’t get a hard on even if she strips to the undies.

    The blockheads get me running to the hills.

    Get me a plain jane with wit anytime.

    I’ll agree with that. I love a plain, good old country girl, hehe. All the make up and do-this-and-that is just over the top. Prettier before it!

  9. Truly truly.

    I especially love the simple southern girls. They make more sense and have me laughing like an idiot at their sincere humor.

    Paris Hilton is a showcase of human evolution FAILURE.

    Notice how the people who think they’re popular lapse into stupidity?

    Take Tom Cruise… he got a screw loose ever since the couch incident

  10. Liking Paris Hilton for her body has nothing for liking her for her enormous bank account. I mean, you can find lots of hot people you dislike and lots of ugly people you find fascinating…How many people do you ever meet worth an estimated 400 million dollars? She could be stupid fat whore, and part of me would be going, “So? That’s nothing that a few million dollars worth of drinking and a celebrity drug habit wouldn’t make better.”

    Money. Nothing is sexier.

  11. Reminds me of a quote from “A good Woman” one of the old guys says “Women and sausage, if you are going to appreciate either one don’t watch the preparation”.  Good flick, those old guys bantering back and forth cracked me up a few times.

    Craig

  12. This is an extremely reduced screenshot of a program called “FaceGen” that I’ve had for a few years now – it generates the geometry for heads and faces, as well as the textures to go along with it, for use with 3D animated character models.

    By moving the sliders up and down, you can create male and female faces of just about any race, and you can make them beautiful or ugly. By drilling down into the tabs to other sliders, you have control over just about every feature – lips, nose, jaw, eyebrows, eyes, cheeks, ears, teeth, etc.

    If this is what they had a few years ago, I can only imagine what’s available today.

  13. I like my woman to be a lady in company, a gourmet cook in the kitchen and a whore in bed.
    My mate reckons his wife is a bitch in company and can’t cook but, she’s a lady in bed.

    A lady came up to me on the street the other day and pointed to my suede jacket. “You know a cow was murdered for that?” she sneered.
    I replied in a psychotic tone, “I didn’t know there were any witnesses. Now I’ll have to kill you too.”

  14. shit maybe i could be a model, how do u reckon u land that job? i can sit still for hours i guess

  15. I agree 101% with the previous guys who voiced their preferances for a ‘real’ woman.  There are some goofy teen and twenty-something boys out there that like little pencil-thin waif-like girls that are built like 14 year old boys, but MEN like women who look like women, with boobs, butt. hips, waistline, etc.  Give me a full-figured, curvy woman any time!  Let the mindless, media-warped, lemmings out there drool over the Paris Hiltons, Calista Flockhearts, and “SuperModels” ad nauseum.  Leaves more REAL women for me/us. Granted it is tragic when a young women with anorexia/bulimia starves herself to death because she thinks these types are what is attractive, but an arguement could be made that this is simply Darwinism in action.

  16. Damn! I love your posts!

    Thankyou.
    I’d love to take the credit but a simple Google will reveal that Jake Johanson said it first. smile

  17. Uh… guilty as charged. grin
    Brooks Beauty

    Anyway, I would like to add a few things. First off, as someone that shoots beauty for a living, I didn’t see that big of an overall transformation in the short movie. Sad, I know. I see much larger transformations in makeup alone without the photoshop tricks seen here. Second, none of my images (uh, with the exception of one, that was quite controversial within the art department and I) have been transformed in Photoshop to the extent of enlarging eyes or reshaping faces like shown here either. Most of the retouching done on my work is related to things that quite possibly could have been fixed during the shoot, but would have been too time consuming, like making sure the hair is perfect,. That’s way easier to deal with in post, so it’s a budget thing. Also, I often use dramatic lighting that is important to the feel of the shot, but leaves shadows where I don’t want them, so they get lightened, like under the eyes.

    As far as the “I’m unattractive, so maybe I could be a model” idea, well, being a good model has more to do with presence in front of the camera than looks. I would much rather shoot a good model than a beautiful one any day. I could go on for weeks. grin

  18. drool over the Paris Hiltons, Calista Flockhearts, and “SuperModels” ad nauseum.

    Let’s have a poll.

    Who here actually gets a hard on for Paris Hilton.

    Don’t be shy. raise your anorexic dicks now.

  19. Let’s have a poll.

    Who here actually gets a hard on for Paris Hilton.

    Don’t be shy. raise your anorexic dicks now./quote]

    My dick is hiding right now because it thinks there is going to be a fight.  Paris Hilton makes me want to punch something.  And I am not a violent person.

    Craig

  20. Who here actually gets a hard on for Paris Hilton.

    Not now, but, she reminds of something I got a hard on for about 40 years ago.
    Having said that, Lindy had an exquisite voice, small feet, a brain, lips au naturale, a cuter nose and a bum like a boy although she’d be close to 60 now and it’s probably filled out a bit.  LOL

  21. I have always tried to find the beauty within.

    Beauty within is great if it’s not buried under fat. 

    I view this topic like “building self-esteem” in schools by passing those who should’ve flunked.

  22. Beauty within is great if it’s not buried under fat. 

    Beauty is only skin deep; ugly is to the bone.  smile

  23. I’ve included a URL with this post. Just one example of what I percieve as beauty.

    I grew up in a family below the ‘poverty line’ where the house was packed with people – we were bikers and freaks and hippies, and I practically grew up in a commune. I’ve always known that beauty is not what the general population seem to think.

    And as a young girl, I never gave a damn about my appearance. I like knowledge, and I like real women.

    Anyone here see the dove adverts a long time ago with real women in white undies? (I haven’t had a TV for years, so it must have been a long time ago..) Wasn’t the black one with the big hips and boobs gorgeous? The old lady with the smile lines around her eyes?

    Beauty used to be about that within, but commerciality seems to be programming the next generation out of the instinctive senses. Constantly bombarded by advertising, subliminals, and fakeness – how do you expect your kids to grow up?

    Both myself and my friend (I am a lesbian, and he is gay) are in long-term relationships, but if we ever decide to breed, we’ve agreed (having grown up together) to bring our kids up at home, with home schooling, and teaching them right.

    The question is.. Will even that be enough?

  24. My dick is hiding right now because it thinks there is going to be a fight.  Paris Hilton makes me want to punch something.  And I am not a violent person.

    Well she makes me want to gag.

    I want someone with the body of Lindsay Lohan (ooh, nice great boobs and lucious figure) and the wit of Margareth Thatcher and the ambition of Demi Moore

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