Blogger Dana Suchow during New York Fashion Week, 2013. Photo: Adam Katz Sinding
Alongside some before-and-after images of some of the edits she has made, the New York-based fashion blogger penned a post titled ‘Photos I Wish I Hadn’t Photoshopped’ in which she said it’s her “ongoing mission to lift the veil that is currently suffocating us women” and that she had not been “entirely truthful” with some of the photographs featured.
“I’ve decided to expose the instances where I used photoshop to distort and change my body. I know it might only look like an inch or 2 removed from my waist, or a couple zits blurred here and there, but my stomach and my skin have been huge insecurities for me my entire life. So me revealing these images to you are a HUGE DEAL 4 ME & not to be taken lightly. I’m putting my flaws out there, as little or as big as they seem, so please respect that this isn’t easy for anyone.”
Addressing her insecurities and revealing the un-Photoshopped images was a brave move indeed for Suchow – and anyone with their own body hang-ups and imperfect human features can see that.
While personally we think she’s free to do whatever she wants with her photographs – it’s her work and her image, after all – such a confession does shed light on the amount of cut-n-pasting that takes place within the blogosphere as a whole.
As we peruse more commercial blogs such as The Sartorialist (which seems to strictly document models en route to casting calls) and scroll down our Feedly page, we often forget that what we’re looking at is highly stylised and heavily Photoshopped. (If I had a dollar for every person on these blogs who wasn’t at least 5’9”, size zero and gorgeous, I would have, like, four dollars max.)
What we’re viewing isn’t a lifestyle so much as a scripted performance – which is why we’re grateful for Suchow’s reminder, keeping it real. Go ahead and be inspired, but try not to use them as a point of comparison.