IS AIRBRUSHING NOW MAKING ITS MARK ON INSTAGRAM?

IS AIRBRUSHING NOW MAKING ITS MARK ON INSTAGRAM?

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Flicking through your typical women’s glossy magazine, we’re bombarded with toned tummies, tanned legs and chiselled cheekbones.

 It’s a look we’ve become accustomed to being thrust in our faces, but most of us – thankfully – know that the blemish-free, perfect figures staring back at us are largely the result of a computer’s handiwork. So, it wasn’t going to be long before we could take matters into our own hands and smooth out any lines or wrinkles that the camera picked up on.

 Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr caused something of a stir this week when she posted a Photoshopped image of herself on Instagram. For most of us, it’s difficult to understand why such a stunning model would want to shrink her already tiny waist, but that’s exactly what she’s done – or so it seems.

 Following an outcry from online surfers, Miranda has been forced to post a response, in which she insisted the digital rework was through no fault of her own. She explained that she’d actually screen-grabbed the image from the internet and hadn’t realised the changes had been made.

 The original photograph had been taken last year at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and the 30-year-old had chosen to re-post it last week in a bid to support her fellow ‘angels’.

 All this does beg the question of could this be the beginning of our very own airbrushed family albums?

 We all know which photo filter gives just the right glow to our cheeks and many women love to perfect their pose in front of the mirror before they’re camera-ready – but is this a step too far?

Airbrushing in magazines has grabbed headlines for some time now and has even spawned a counter-trend of celebrities ‘baring all’ in special photoshoots. But it seems that Instagram is now following hot on the mags’ heels.

 Although Miranda clarified that the airbrushing was not done by her, we may see more and more famous faces in the firing line for their own digital enhancements.

 I don’t believe that Instagram and other social media outlets should be demonised for giving us the ability to tweak and touch up our pictures, but shouldn’t we try to keep at least some pictures organic and true to the original – after all, who really wants to see snapshots of digitally modified smiles?