Bikini Model Photos, Before and After Retouching

Bikini model: detail of the 'before' image.
Bikini Model Photos, Before and After Retouching (Greg’s Digital Portfolio)

Yes, this is a link to an attractive woman wearing a bikini — but it shows the unretouched, “before” pictures, too. A great set of photos for a gender studies class: marketers make big bucks forcing women to compare themselves to models whose bodies don’t exist.

The bags under her eyes are gone… smoother skin… a tighter, smaller navel… bigger you-know-whats.

I can easily see how fake the “after” photo is when I compare it with the “before” — but then I look away and look back, and the fake seems real.