Should Photoshop Be Normalized?

Ava Washington, J1 Guest Writer

Have you ever seen an image of a model on instagram and thought to yourself. “I wish i looked like her”? Well, You’re not the only one who thinks like that. The images we view of these women and men are not completely how they really look. They use huge amounts of photoshop to create a look for their social media. looking at these images often have an outcome of someone staring unhappily in the mirror, not seeing smooth skin and defined abs.


Looking at perfect people in pictures for hours and then looking at yourself, you seem to come across every imperfection and fault and compare to others. Having the idea that you could never look as flawless and foolproof as the unreal people in magazines should not have the power to lower your self-image. Photoshopped images make you look and feel better, but then again it portrays an unrealistic person that is hardly yourself. The more photoshop is being used to clear up insecurities, the more it is just adding to ours.


If you see before and after photos, you will realize that people in the photoshopped images are not as impeccable as they claim to be. We should not feel bad about ourselves because of this, but we do. In real life this is not possible to be completely without a flaw. 

Altering images to try and fit the society’s way of how people should look is nonsense. We will never look like that and it is just making people’s self-esteem worse because we will go to the end of the world and back to figure out every secret to get glowing skin and smooth looking skin like the individuals on our instagram feed. But the secret is all in the image, and it’s  ruining the way we look at ourselves.