Image is an illusion... here's what photoshop can do.

The effects of photoshop and makeup. The magic behind the scenes....

In my book, I'M NO ANGEL, I talk a lot about the illusion that is created for the public to see in magazines and ads. I tell all of the secrets that take place behind the camera to create the not so real images that you will see on your computer screens or in catalogues. Makeup, hair, and photoshop can make a HUGE difference in the way someone looks. They can make your waist smaller, thighs bigger etc. some of these pictures below show the befores and afters of models and actors with and without makeup and photoshop. The differences are huge and I think it's important for girls to know that they don't have to feel pressures by the media to look a certain way. You will never be able to live up to these images. I can't even live up to the images that have been photoshopped to "perfection" of myself because its not REAL.













Waists smaller, Bust bigger, Eyes wider, Skin flawless, Tan skin, Smaller nose, Whiter teeth.... AN ILLUSION.
Girls.... please take the pressure off of yourselves. You are beautiful the way God created you, REAL. unphotoshopped, Natural, unique, special, worth far more than rubies.

22 comments:

  1. Thank you for the article!

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  2. @Kylie: Is this also whats done in magazines like Playboy, Penthouse? I know it's a kinda dumb question but as young teen girl my older brother would show me the "perfect" girls in these mags that he had, my mom thought it was normal, he would say "you don't look like her and her, etc." And I knew he was right and it put a lot of pressure on me.

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    1. those media are putting a lot of lies these days. But be yourself and you'll never be happier! :)

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  3. Thank you for being REAL, Kylie....for following what God desires for yor life and spreading the TRUTH about REAL BEAUTY. Each of us women (and girls) need to be reminded about this. What a blessing you are!!

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  4. Nice to know you Kylie, I read your story and found out your blog. this is just very inspiring..you are OOAK, you have to know that! :)

    My husband is a photographer, once he demonstrated all those PHOTOSHOPing. since then, I just think people now are blindfolded by all those editing technology skills, and it's very sickening to watch gilrs (mostly) obsessed with being involved in nasty business (ups sorry). I used to be fashion designer, but I left it for my family sake. I know how people can be so mean, unbelievable heartless, and money oriented.

    Keep doing what you doing now Kylie, I love the spirit! blessing meant be shared and you are doing it.

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  5. You are such a role model! Thank you so much for everything. I´ve been asked to model for Women Managment and more agencies in Milano and Paris, but I´m not so sure anymore..

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  6. Read your story on NY post. Just wanna applaud you for doing what's right :) I pray that you'll continue to inspire other people, through your book and the wisdom you carry. All the best!

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  7. Thanks for your story on NY post, and being true to yourself despite the demands of the industry. This is SO encouraging for many women!

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  8. This is amazing! I just wish more girls were exposed to this TRUTH!
    It reminds me of the Dove commercial where they show the progression of the model before she's all done up.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omBfg3UwkYM

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  9. I don't think you should talk about makeup. obviously makeup transforms your look. AnnaLynne McCord's photo without makeup is also pretty. she is pretty. and makeup is wore to look better, doesnt mean that every celeb without makeup is ugly.

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    1. I don't think that's what she's saying. She's illustrating the stark difference that make-up creates. Like when she said she didn't recognize herself after she was done up for the VS fashion show.

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  10. The scales have fallen from your eyes & I praise God for it~ He is an awesome God we serve & you are carrying a torch for him so the entire world may see the truth~ Bless you ten-fold~

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  11. Hello!
    I have finished reading your book and thoroughly enjoyed it!!

    Hope you have a chance to read CAPTIVATING by John and Stasy Eldridge.

    One of my favorite passages from Captivating..

    We need what Beauty speaks. What it says is hard to put into words. But part of its message is, all is well. All will be well.

    Beauty invites. Recall what it is like to hear a truly beautiful piece of music. It captures you; you want to sit down and just drink it in. We buy the CD and play it many times over. (This is not visual, showing us that beauty is deeper than looks.). Music like this commands your attention, invites you to come more deeply into it. The same is true of a beautiful garden, or a scene in nature. You want to enter in, explore, partake of it. Feast upon it. We describe a great book as "captivating" also. It draws you in, holds your attention. You can't wait to get back to it, spend time with it. All of the things that God wants of us. All of the things a woman wants, too. Beauty invites.

    Beauty nourishes. It is a kind of food our souls crave. A woman's breast is among the loveliest of all God's works, and it is with her breast she nourishes a baby - a stunning picture of the way in which Beauty itself nourishes us. In fact, a woman's body is one of the most beautiful of all God's creations. "Too much of eternity," as Blake said, "for the eye of man." It nourishes, offers life. That is such a profound metaphor for Beauty itself. As Lewis said,

    We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words-to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it. (The Weight of Glory)

    Beauty comforts. There is something profoundly healing about it. Have you ever wondered why we send flowers to the bereaved? In the midst of their suffering and loss, only a gift of beauty says enough, or says it right. After I lost my dearest friend Brent, there were months where only beauty helped. I could not hear words of counsel. I could not read or even pray. Only beauty helped. It soothes the soul. There's a touching story told from the hospitals of WWII, where a young and badly wounded soldier was brought in from a hellish week of fighting. After doing what she can for him, the nurse asks if there is anything else she can do. "Yes," he said. "Could you just put on some lipstick while I watch?" Beauty comforts.

    Beauty inspires. After beholding all the marvelous wonders of the creation of Narnia (as told in The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis), the cabbie says, "Glory be!" "I'd have been a better man all my life if I'd known there were things like this!" Or as Jack Nicholson says to Helen Hunt at the end of As Good as it Gets, "You make me want to be a better man." Isn't it true? Think of what it might have been like to have been in the presence of a woman like Mother Teresa. Her life was so beautiful, and it called us to something higher.



    (Captivating, 38-40)

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  12. Obviously, I don't know you but I had to track you down and let you know how amazed I am by your example. I read about your story in the news and honestly couldn't believe it. You never know who are effecting by the choices you make in life. I had similar experiences earlier in my life as I lived in LA and worked as a child/teenage actress. People are cruel and superficial. The thing is, it sometimes takes people a really long time to realize that worldly success doesn't bring true happiness. In fact, it leads to heartache. Thank you for your example and courage. You will be blessed for your example and sacrifice.

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  13. Thank you for your testimony. It has touched me personally as a woman but also as a mother of three daughters. When my daughters are older, I will encourage them to read your book. You give me encouragement to be a better person but also to want to learn more about God that you serve. Thank you

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  14. I like your story, and your attitude - I had some experience with this life, but not yours exactly...I, too, chose God...I wish some of your photos were still less tarted up, sorry for the expression, but you need to get that out of your life! NO TART! tart free....Do you know what I mean? Also, your wood background is terrible, I can't read a lot...Those are my thoughts!

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  15. this blog should get more popular and reach more and more people!

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