The Perfect Response


Three students from Leeds University in Great Britain recently had the perfect response to Victoria’s Secret ‘Perfect Body’ Campaign when the company introduced a new bra collection called “Body by Victoria” with an ad campaign featuring ultra thin models with the words “The Perfect Body” running across the image.

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Should you opt for the retouched school portrait?

The author's Sixth Grade School Portrait

Looking back at my school pictures I know I would have begged my parents to spend the extra bucks to get rid of my adolescent acne if it had been an option. When my son was in grade school I always chose the retouched package without even consulting him. I was thinking back on my own experience. But will I be sorry in 50 years when I look back and the images I have are not authentic?

The NY Times article “No Boo-boos or Cowlicks? Only in School Pictures” talks about the pros and cons of digitally retouching school portraits and the issues that it raises. The author asks if we are sending our kids the wrong message if we choose to get their photos retouched. Is it good for their self-esteem or are we inadvertently undermining it?

Read more about photo manipulation here.

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