Photoshop: Lessons from Julia Roberts, Lance Armstrong, & Debenhams

A bathing suit brand from Britain is looking to give consumers an education in Photoshop, while Julia Roberts and Lance Armstrong have been retouched to the extreme. The Daily Mail has posted a side-by-side comparison of Roberts captured on the street sans make-up next to a Lancome ad that pictures the 42-year-old actress looking utterly flawless-to-inhuman. Roberts might not mind her artificial enhancement given that her gig as the brand’s first global ambassador has reportedly earned her $20 million. Meanwhile, Lance Armstrong is peeved over his recent appearance on the cover of Outside magazine. The celeb-cyclist tweeted: “Nice photoshop on a plain t-shirt guys. That’s some lame bullshit.” British swimwear company Debenhams is taking a stand on the opposite end of the Photoshop spectrum.

“Debenhams says it is now breaking ranks with the rest of the high street by using pictures that have not been digitally enhanced in its windows to launch new swimwear lines,” says the Daily Mail. In addition to highlighting a swimwear model before and after retouching, Debenham goes so far as to point out all the places on the latter that have been tweaked, tightened, and toned. It’s not the first time the retailer has challenged beauty standards. “In January, Debenhams ran a trial with size 16 mannequins in windows… also in February, Debenhams released images using disabled model Shannon Murray to launch the retailer’s new Principles by Ben de Lisi range,” adds the Daily Mail.

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