Growing up, I was kind of always subconscious, like, wanting to look a certain way.
It's a never-ending battle.
And you look at yourself, and you know you can never attain that ideal.
We asked four women to participate in an experiment.
As I've gotten older, you see different changes.
I feel like I have some wrinkles around my eyes.
I'm never gonna be skinny. I'm not a skinny girl.
That can be hard when you see models and celebrities and, like, you just don't look the same.
Each woman modeled in a professional photoshoot. And then we had a Photoshop expert retouch the photos... To make the women look like "cover models." Then we showed them the finished photos.
每位女性在一場專業拍攝中當模特兒。然後我們讓一位 Photoshop 專家修圖... 讓那些女性看起來像「封面模特兒」。然後我們給她們看照片成品。
Just hold it. Keep your eyes closed. Okay.
Ha, ha, ha...
Oh my god!
I did not expect it to look like that at all.
I feel like it doesn't even look like me.
I think because I know myself, this looks really different.
Why would you wanna make someone look so different?
I like my freckles. I think they are the character, and the fact that they're gone... I don't even know who that is.
Just as a normal person, seeing yourself changed and your identity changed, it's pretty shocking.
Once someone else has done your make-up, and someone else has done your hair, and someone's directed the way your body looks and then taken away your imperfections, then there's not much left of who you really are.
This is how I always wanted to see myself, but now that I see it, I'm only questioning why I ever wanted to look like that.
You look at these ads in magazines. You see these women who look absolutely flawless; then you're, like, "Ah, I wish I could look like that!" But who really looks like this?
I think we live in a really interesting time, where we feel like we have to make people look to the standard that's not attainable for anybody.
Instead of looking at other things and trying to aspire to be something else, we should just be comfortable in who we are and just try to be our best selves.
I think something that everybody should keep in mind is that it's natural to be critical of yourself, it's natural to be uncomfortable or awkward, but you just have to know that the ideal just doesn't exist.