Things just got real up on BuzzFeed! No doubt you’ve found yourself browsing their hilarious numbered lists that describe you perfectly, took one of their personality quizzes, or watched their humorous skits on YouTube. This time around, BuzzFeed is making a statement.
In a video published to their YouTube channel entitled, “Photoshopping Real Women Into Cover Models,” four women volunteer to participate in a professional photo shoot, knowing that their photos will be edited to reflect society’s standard of beauty. They admit to feeling self conscious as they don’t live up to the “ideal,” whether it be their wrinkles or weight.
“It can be hard when you see models or celebrities, and you just don’t look the same,” participant Sierra Santana remarks. So what happened when a professional retouched their photos to make them look like models?
Watch their reactions:
I think it’s great that Buzzfeed is using their platform to spark conversation on this prevailing issue. However, in the middle of writing this article, I found out that participants Sierra Santana and Andronica Marquis are professional actresses, which somewhat disappoints me. It makes me second guess the genuineness of the video. The other two women, Kate Reynolds and Ella Meilniczenko are Buzzfeed staff.
Regardless if the video was scripted or authentic, I’m glad that it has initiated discussion about the pressures put on women to live up to an unrealistic standard of beauty.
“We live in a really interesting time where we feel like we have to make people look to the standard that’s not attainable for anybody,” Reynolds preached. Meilniczenko added: “The ideal just doesn’t exist.”