Real vs Virtual Bodies: A paradigm shift?

This looks shopped. I can tell from some of the pixels and from seeing quite a few shops in my time.

Nothing about this picture of Monica Bellucci makes sense. The face is not a face, the clothes aren't clothes, the shadows aren't shadows, and we don't even have to mention human anatomy in this context.

Of course, we always took liberties in depicting bodies, but at least before Photoshop those people actually knew something about anatomy. Painters practised drawing bones, muscles, and skin for years. Today, any agency bozo is given free reign to deform bodies whatever way his cocaine-shaky mouse-arm veers.

But, there may be some kind of paradigm shift in the works. Apparently, Britney Spears demanded that for her next campaign, both the before and after pictures be shown.

(Again, that bozo has absolutely NO SKILL whatsoever. Just look at the legs. That ain't legs, you idiot!)

So, what's going on here? Are our celebrities getting stressed out by having to live up to the images created in their image by back-office bozos?

It's interesting what hiphop powerhouse Roots Manuva does in the following video. The video contains both standard "screen-style" shots of him, but also "normal-guy" shots. I think this is a good way. After all, we want our celebrities to look "god-like", but on the other hand it's also nice to see that they're just normal people, too.

So, maybe the future is to mix shops for image-building and adoration with real pix for a measure of reality.

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