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The Magic/Myth of Before & After
This video about before/after photos isn’t really surprising – we all know that photos are manipulated for magazine covers, articles, and ads. But it still kinda stopped me in my tracks.
I stopped using magazine photos as a yardstick for my success about 12 years ago when I saw a documentary that explained how a photo of Gabrielle Reece was modified for a Shape cover.
Gabrielle Reece. She of the non-stop legs, the six-pack abs, and flowing mermaid-hair.
They’d tacked a photo of her on the wall and drawn red lines with a Sharpie wherthey “needed” to slim her hips, thighs, shoulders, and waist. They’d dissected her like an old-time meat chart.
That was the day I stopped reading “fitness” magazines and started looking inward to find my ideal body. Which, as it turns out, is the one I have right now.
It hasn’t reached it’s leanest state yet, but it’s strong and shapely, 100% real, and 100% mine. No Photoshop or spray-tan necessary. That’s about as perfect as I need to be.
[Thanks to Sociological Images for sharing the video.]