July 19, 2005
The Creepiest Thing I've Seen on the Internet Lately
Photo retouchers will create a perfect, airbrushed, objectified, rather laminated-looking child. Ironically, the site is called "Natural Beauties." There is some scary pageant crap going on there.
Then, there's the accompanying text about the photo:
This Photo Enhancement Includes:
*Expression changed from sad to serious:
*Brows tilted and shaped
*Frown lines around mouth and forehead removed
*Redness in eyes cleared away
*Corners of mouth turned upward
*Stray hairs removed
*Dark circles removed
*Lipstick line corrected
Yeah, that's right, they corrected her aesthetic flaws, and then removed her sadness and her frown, and the "redness," i.e. "tears" in her eyes.