“Women Photoshop Their Own Bodies On An App”

Here’s a three-minute tour of why beautification features are a touchy subject—desired & disturbing at the same time.

A few sample quotes:

  • “I feel really gross hitting this checkmark because it’s like I’m validating everything I’ve just done.”
  • “It automatically gets rid of all these freckles like it’s something that’s a bad thing.”
  • “I was more affected by it than I thought I would be.”
  • “If you start seeing your friends doing something like this, and you don’t know that they’re doing it, then you start to think that real people look like this.”
  • “You would be disappointed that you’re not a Photoshop.”

Of course there was an entire South Park episode on just this subject—biting & hilarious. Too bad it’s apparently not online at the moment.

[Update: FWIW on the list of top 50 free apps in Korea, 5 are for beautification. The list in China features three. The list in the US features zero. —Via Eunyoung Kim]


[YouTube 1 & 2]

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