I had come across a couple of these sites a long time ago when the site was new, but an alert reader sent me some links with a TON of retouching websites. She’s written
I found some exciting and disturbing news the other day. First off, I know some ladies already knew this but when you actually see it you can’t believe it. i found these websites on photo retouching from models to cars, or anything. Its amazing what they edit (airbrush) out. They take out what I think personally makes a human, human. Ladies you just have to see this. I knew they airbrushed models, but when you see how far they take it you can’t help but think there never was anything wrong with you. It’s almost sickening to feel that I have been comparing my skin and flaws to that of a computer-generated model. And then you can’t help but wonder if anything you see is real anymore! Secondly, Ladies embrace your stretch marks like never before because I found out that a lot of celebrities undergo c-sections almost 2 weeks earlier than the due date just to avoid stretch marks that seem to come most at that time. These women put their children at risk, just so they can look good afterwards. That is the most vain and cynical thing I have ever heard. Someone put it quite nicely, “motherhood is a sacrifice, and if a person isnt willing to make that sacrifice then they dont need to have children.” Women with or without stretch marks, but had your baby when it was necessary for the baby and not your selfishness, you are brave and courageous. It’s these people who go to extreme lengths and put their child at risk who are the cowards. They are too ashamed to look like a mother. It’s so sad!
FTR, I have not looked at every single photo myself – yet. :)