Today’s topic is American pop singer Britney Spears, most famous in the late 90s and early 2000s with hits such as Baby One More Time and Oops!… I Did It Again. Her last studio album was Circus, released in 2008.
You may have seen these — Britney’s unretouched images from her Candies for Kohl photo shoot — circulating on the internet recently. London’s Daily Mail reported that the singer wasn’t afraid to show the before-and-after Candie’s pics because she “is proud of her body — imperfections and all.”‘
In the pink cotton candy themed shoot, Brit’s wearing nothing but a cutout bathing suit and open toe slip on heels. Her pre-airbrushed photos shows a more muscular, fuller woman with some marks around her legs, a heavier bottom and some cellulite on the skin under her thighs. Her face seems relatively untouched in comparison.
These images are from the Mail online and comes with the notes: “smaller waist”, “slimmer thighs”, “bruises removed”, “tattoo removed”, “smaller bottom” and “cellulite removed”.
Here’s a cutout we created by removing the background of the above two images. We lay the retouched cropped out photo on top of the unPhotoshopped one by aligning her eyes. The blue silhouette shows the pre-Photoshopped outline of her real body.
Apart from the noted changes, the photo editor has also made her feet narrower. Notice that Britney’s left feet is wider in the unedited picture. The muscle definition in her legs has also been smoothed away along with the bruises, probably to achieve a more softer, feminine looking legs.
Just by looking at the second released picture, of her with her back facing you, we can’t quite put our finger how they managed to make her legs look so much longer and slimmer while her height seems shorter (see the top of her outstretched hand and head). The answer is clear when we compare the proportionately scaled images side by side — Apart from editing her calves and thighs by reducing the appearance of muscles and slimming them down horizontally, her legs were also stretched longer.