Photo retouching and famous people in the media.
When famous faces are everywhere in the media and on TV the pressure to look good with flawless skin is immense. Their faces are their income. If their face fails to look good then they don’t feel good about going on television or to media events. Its this pressure that leads to surgery and heavy photo retouching where photo are used in the press and promotional material. There are some celebrities that don’t appear to have had any surgical procedures or work done, take Dawn French seen here in Soho in 1991. I took this photo when on a photo shoot in London. Its was taken candid, and spur of the moment, shot from the hip and in a cab before I could wind on the frame and shoot another. Dawn, although gained weight these days, is clearly happy the way she is and they way she looks. I can see it from both sides, get the best flawless face that seems to stay the same no matter how many years pass, so the image of you remains stable for as long as possible, or build up your character and everyone remembers you for who you are and not necessarily what you look like without the need for copious amounts of photo retouching.
Choose to be in the media and you will end up on magazines and you will then get judged they way you look and be pressurised to look thinner or younger. Or let it ride and just be who you are and let your character be remembered rather than your image and how much surgery or photo retouching you have had.
What do you think?