Not bad for a fat girl

No Wonder I Look So Fat


That’s what I said when I watched this video. Ok, I’m kidding. I know the real reason I look so fat is because I am. But at least my videos and photos are an honest representation of me. Now before you read another word take a moment and click on the link above to watch a model transformed before your very eyes.

I knew models were airbrushed, and I knew that they were made leaner. I also knew that their cup sizes were regularly modified. What I didn’t realize is that their necks were stretched and their legs elongated. I didn’t know that their eyes were enlarged and moved about on their faces. It’s rather horrifying when you think about it.


Where do we draw the line between reality and fantasy when it comes to appearance? Cosmetics? Hair extensions? Fake tanning? Those are all very common appearance “enhancers” but some might argue that they’re dishonest too.

My personal opinion is that if you couldn’t be seen in person the way that your image appears, there’s some voodoo going on and it’s not on the up and up. My neck will never be longer, and I will not grow another inch taller, but I might tweeze my brows and put on a little lipstick.

No wonder we women look at ads and then turn a viciously critical eye on ourselves. “She must have more willpower,” we say. Well, yes, compared to me she doubtless does, but she’s also half digitized. In other words, fake.

Here’s to real women of all shapes, sizes, colors, and looks. There are so many versions of beauty that contorting an already beautiful woman into something less than human seems almost profane.

Author: BulgingButtons

I'm a middle aged woman doing the things that middle aged women do and trying not to beat myself up. I'm living the life I choose with the man I love, the grown up son who impresses me all the time, and the most adorable pup ever rescued from the euthanasia list. We live in the heat of the Southwest, where I regularly sweat through my Lane Bryant bras.

18 thoughts on “No Wonder I Look So Fat

  1. I get annoyed when people use the terms ‘beautiful’ and ‘thin’ interchangeably. Why can’t non-skinny people be beautiful? I know lots that are, both inside and out

  2. Funny thing is, that original woman is most definitely beautiful! If she is “plain”, what are the rest of us?

  3. Seriously – when I first saw this video it was the enlarging of the eyes that for some reason really freaked me out. I’m so glad there seems to be increasing anger at this “manipulation” and real steps now being taken to try and combat it.

  4. I loved seeing this as it put a lot into perspective. My first reaction was “I want whatever program that is so I can do that to myself!!” LOL. I’m curious to know. =) But, this is what fuels self-esteem and insecurity in women so it should be banned!!

  5. Love who you are and your world will become more beautiful…

  6. I was very upset about that video. As a photographer, our job is to accentuate the subjects beauty , their natural beauty. We’re not supposed to enhance or alter to make it appealing, but it happens in advertising everyday. It’s truly sad and upsetting. I would love to see more natural looking women represented and that’s what I hope to convey in my photography.

    • You are extremely talented and capture your subjects beautifully. Personally, I’m not opposed to clearing up uneven skin tone or minimizing blemishes, but completely altering people’s appearances is terrible, especially when they no longer have human dimensions!

  7. I once did a photo shoot with my other half. Part of the package was some of our images would be touched up, but we got the originals too. It’s one of my favourite things to show other people the contrast between the before and after shots – I still look the same, but just a little more plastic… And in one they erased half my bicep and barely touched my other half!

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