Sunday, June 29, 2014

Esther Honig asked 40 photo editors to do -- in over 25 countries. Using the service-sharing site Fiverr

Honig, a human interest reporter, sent a picture of herself to be photoshopped around the world to see just how much cultural values are applied to standards of beauty. The results throw the idea of "the perfect woman" into sharp relief.
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Honig found that individuals from every country applied a distinct perspective on beauty to her image. She was surprised by the degree to which a country's cultural values could show up as aesthetic preferences. Specifically, an image she received back from Morocco was "a bit of a shock initially." She told The Huffington Post via email, "[It] definitely highlighted my own lack of cultural awareness. Of course, someone from a country where the primary religion is Islam might elect to add a Hijab to my image as that aligns with their own cultural customs. For me it really added depth to my project by touching on the concept of religion and custom, not just aesthetics."
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Seeing her image manipulated in so many dimensions had a profound impact on Honig's own self-perception. "I voluntarily sought out this opportunity and was pleased with how it turned out, but it did make me more aware of certain things like the uneven tone of my skin which was touched up by nearly every editor," she said. "I’ve watched my image subtly soften with filters and cloning brushes as well as radically transform with splicing, stretching and re-angling that completely restructured my face. Seeing some jobs for the first time have made me shriek."
Honig is reluctant to draw a "moral of the story" from the project, which is ongoing. "Flipping through the collection of Before & After, one may spot trends in models of beauty that represent each designer’s culture of origin, but that is entirely based on ourinterpretation," she said.
Still, the project dispels the myth of a singular beauty norm. As Honig wrote on her personal website: "Photoshop allows us to achieve our unobtainable standards of beauty, but when we compare those standards on a global scale, achieving the ideal remains all the more elusive."
Check out the rest of the incredible images below.
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Monday, June 23, 2014

Demi Lovato pays tribute to her father with touching photo collage one year after his death

Demi Lovato once said that her father's funeral was the hardest thing she's ever had to go through.
And one year on from his tragic death, Demi Lovato took a moment to share some heart-wrenching photos from the 1990s of her with dad Patrick Lovato, who tragically passed away after a battle with cancer.
In the sepia toned images shared on Twitter, Demi, 21, is seen as a young girl as she poses with Patrick in the front seat of his car. She said, movingly: 'Can't believe it's already been a year.. Wish I could've hugged you one last time.. RIP Daddy, I love you.'
Days gone by: Demi Lovato shared a heartbreaking photo collage of her with late father Patrick Lovato in the 90s
Days gone by: Demi Lovato shared a heartbreaking photo collage of her with late father Patrick Lovato in the 90s
Following up, she said poignantly: 'My dad suffered from severe mental illness so at least there's peace in knowing he's not suffering anymore.'
And it appears she was the apple of his eye as a bearded Patrick gazes down at his daughter, who sits on his lap and grasps the steering wheel. 
In turn, Demi was clearly a daddy's girl, looking up at her father with adoration. 
Apple of his eye: Demi, 21, was clearly a daddies girl as she took the drivers seat in this old photo of the pair. She tragically lost her father this time last year
Apple of his eye: Demi, 21, was clearly a daddies girl as she took the drivers seat in this old photo of the pair. She tragically lost her father this time last year
All smiles: The pair look to be having a blast in the sepia toned images
All smiles: The pair look to be having a blast in the sepia toned images
The pair also share a hug and a kiss in the heartwarming photographs.
Meanwhile, the actress seems to be doing well and feeling comfortable and confident in her own skin.
On Saturday she displayed punky new purple and blue dreadlocks in a selfie shared on Twitter. Accompanying it she said: 'Diamondz and dreaaaddzz' 
Bold style: Demi shared a photo on Saturday of her new purple and blue dreadlocks saying 'Diamondz and dreaaaddzz'
Bold style: Demi shared a photo on Saturday of her new purple and blue dreadlocks saying 'Diamondz and dreaaaddzz'
And earlier in the day she was spotted showing off the new 'do while taking a photo with a fan on the streets of New York City.
Demi's full ensemble included a multi-colored kimono-style robe, black circle-framed sunglasses, 
a chunky silver cuff bracelet and beautiful black Celine handbag.
Her partially-shaved head was on display and she sported a multitude of eclectic rings and jewellery as she carried a healthy green juice. 
New York state of mind: Demi's full ensemble included a multi-colored kimono-style robe, black circle-framed sunglasses, and various jewellery that highlighted the healthy green juice she toted with her
New York state of mind: Demi's full ensemble included a multi-colored kimono-style robe, black circle-framed sunglasses, and various jewellery that highlighted the healthy green juice she toted with her

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley shows off her pins in a thigh-high split dress as she hits the sand in Malibu and has an enjoyable chat with a mystery man

And Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wasted no time hitting the beach in Los Angeles County as she was seen strutting her stuff on the sand in Malibu on Saturday. 
The 27-year-old actress - who is dating Jason Statham - looked to be having a whale of a time at the beach as she spent time in the company of a mystery guy, who looked extremely pleased with himself. 
Beach babe: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wasted no time hitting the beach in Los Angeles County as she was seen chilling out on the sand in Malibu on Saturday
Beach babe: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley wasted no time hitting the beach in Los Angeles County as she was seen chilling out on the sand in Malibu on Saturday
Happy chap: The 27-year-old actress - who is dating Jason Statham - looked to be having a whale of a time at the beach as she spent time in the company of a mystery guy, who looked extremely pleased with himself
Happy chap: The 27-year-old actress - who is dating Jason Statham - looked to be having a whale of a time at the beach as she spent time in the company of a mystery guy, who looked extremely pleased with himself
The man had his buff body exposed on the sand as he positioned his wetsuit at half-mast and looked to be explaining something to the model. 
Rosie looked stunning on the sand in a floaty blue and white dress with a thigh-high split. 
She was seen placing her hands upon the mystery man's bare shoulders as they chatted on the beach.
All smiles: The man had his buff body exposed on the sand as he positioned his wetsuit at half-mast and looked to be explaining something to the model
All smiles: The man had his buff body exposed on the sand as he positioned his wetsuit at half-mast and looked to be explaining something to the model