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Top 5 Most Digitally Altered Body Parts

Posted: March 3, 2010

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2. Waist. To make celebs look even thinner than they are in person, many are digitally altered so the sides of their body actually become an extra shadow or gets blended in with the background. “If they really looked like this,” says Glatt, “their torsos would likely not be able to adequately support their shoulders. Although aggressive liposuction techniques can create a much slimmer waist and take off inches, even liposuction cannot create some of the digitally altered and corset-assisted cartoon-type waists frequently seen in consumer magazines.”

3. Skin tone. At times, it almost appears that A-listers are always in front of a bright light that illuminates their skin and rids all imperfections, leaving a glowing skin tone. “Skin surface retouching is the most common and one of the original digital alterations performed routinely. Nobody’s skin can be completely perfected without a line, wrinkle, blemish or brown spot. Almost anyone who has had photographs taken for a big life event, such as a wedding, knows that even those photos will be retouched. People tend not to consider this when emulating the skin characteristics of those in magazines and ads.” Glatt continues, “These photos show completely perfect skin, which in real life is impossible to achieve to that extent, evidenced when celebrities are captured in real life, not retouched.”

4 and 5. Arms/Thighs. Some celeb photos have their extremities slimmed and trimmed so much that they appear to be the size of a toothpick. There are photos out there where the elbows appear to be the same width of their biceps and their knees seem to be the same width of their thighs. According to Glatt, if this were really how their arms and legs looked, “then they would not work right to walk or pick things up! The trouble with altering the arms and legs in a photo is that it does look so entirely fake. People get the impression that this look can be achieved with surgery, which is typically not possible or safe.”