I think this stuff is so misleading. Everybody talks about retouching, but no one really talks about the difference between someone walking around with energy versus the still photo. Photography itself is very misleading. Not just in making people look good, but also in making people look bad....especially in this type of mugshot photo. I have met some of these people and they ooze beauty and vitality.
I don't think these photos better or more realistically represent these women than shots of them as models with makeup. Here, they all look a bit off, like their heads are slightly too big. Maybe it was taken with a wide angle lens??? What would be more interesting would be to see their snapshots off their Facebook pages. See them in action with their friends, in different lighting. That would be a more interesting insight into the "real"or "natural" them.
Love magazine recently posted this picture of Louis Vuitton's Fall-Winter 2010 show cast, featuring its 50 or so models (including Elle Macpherson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Bar Refaeli, Adriana Lima, Laetitia Casta, Lara Stone and Coco Rocha) without makeup--a veritable celebration of the fresh-faced look. I found this on The Huffingtom Post.
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