For nearly 100 years, airbrushing has been used in the field of photography. Dating back to the days of the Soviet Union under the rule of Josef Stalin, the popularity of airbrushing has increased dramatically and is now used on a daily basis: digital images and computers with Photoshop make altering images in real time easier than ever, and ironically nobody uses it more than the fashion industry.
There has been immense backlash against publications featuring models because some say digitally altering a model’s physical appearance creates a false image of what is physically achievable (I don’t know what they mean, just look how many Brad Pitts are walking around); while there is certainly some merit to that, it hasn’t stopped magazines and websites worldwide from generating interest by featuring airbrushed models.
Some celebrities have been drastically altered without the risk of going under the knife, thanks to incredibly talented digital editors. But which celebrities have undergone the most incredible transformations? Here are the top 11 celeb photos that weren’t so glamorous before being airbrushed!
Although Alba might not be the most accomplished actress of all time, she is doing well for herself; the actress has been a part of several large films (but not good ones) including “Fantastic Four,” Good Luck Chuck,” and “The Love Guru.” Not only is Jessica Alba one of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood, she has a net worth estimated over $200 million: thanks to her lifestyle website that was valued at $1 billion.
But even the beautiful, talented, and smart Jessica Alba has been a victim of airbrushing; the lighting in this picture was ramped up big time in order to give her skin a lighter shade, and her makeup was visually enhanced. Not only did Alba have her makeup updated, but her hairstyle was changed, and weight was removed so she looked narrower in the waist and legs.
Fergie achieved more than most could ever hope to within the music industry; since starting with the Black Eyed Peas more than 10 years ago, Fergie has sold millions of records with the band, as well as finding success in her solo career. The Black Eyed Peas have achieved the highly sought after goal for any musical act, by performing at halftime during the Super Bowl.
You may not believe it, but Fergie is actually 40 years old, which means these days she should be checking herself for lady lumps. Fergie’s been performing since as early as the 1980s, but you wouldn’t be able to tell her age after her photos are airbrushed to make her look younger: touching up any facial features that show signs of aging. Fergie is beautiful either way, but digital editors are able to make her look even moreso.
In her first movie role, Alicia Silverstone was able to earn an MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance in “The Crush;” after that, Silverstone was cast as the lead in the hit movie “Clueless” which made her a household name. Lately Silverstone hasn’t had any big roles, but you don’t need a “clue” to understand why. Silverstone did land the part of Batgirl in 1997’s “Batman and Robin:” these days she’s working as a producer, an author, and an activist.
At only 38 years old, Silverstone might not be as old as you think, meaning she was actually in high school during her role in “Clueless.” Even Silverstone has gone through the photo-editing gauntlet during a magazine appearance, and you can really see the detail on this one; her lips were made red, and her skin was smoothened under her eyes and on her forehead: instantly taking off five years.
When it comes to timeless beauties, the Spanish actress Penelope Cruz is often mentioned; Cruz was an actress in her home country for years before finally moving to the United States, and quickly becoming a big name. With roles in movies such as “Vanilla Sky,” and “Blow,” Cruz is widely regarded as a great actress, and an international sex symbol: earning a spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Cruz has maintained her popularity and beauty for a long time, but everybody eventually starts to show signs of aging; magazines would like you to forget that fact, as Cruz’s photos have been smoothed out to eliminate any signs of eye bags or forehead wrinkles, and even her hands were made to look younger.
The state of Michigan has a rich music history, and one of the most prominent names to come from the Wolverine State is Madonna, who ironically looks like a wolverine herself. Madonna became a big name in the 1980s with hits such as “Like a Virgin,” “Like a Prayer,” and “Vogue;” to this day Madonna is still a big name in the music industry, and headlines both concerts and festivals around the world which sell thousands of tickets.
Madonna certainly clings to her youth, which is plain to see in pictures of the singer that have been severely airbrushed; Madonna is currently 56 years old, and you can clearly tell when you see her in person. According to magazine covers, Madonna is a bright and smooth skinned woman in her early 30s with huge blue eyes and no sagging to speak of, but you’re not fooling us!
Sharon Stone got her start by working as a model, before deciding that acting was more her forte; Stone picked up all of her stuff and moved to New York City, getting her first role as an extra in a Woody Allen movie. After her first appearance as Bag Lady #2, Stone was recognized and given small roles, until she achieved stardom by starring opposite of Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1990 film “Total Recall.”
Sharon Stone is the oldest person on this list, at 57 years old her pictures get touched up to the point where she looks half of her age; in this airbrushed photo Stone has slender and tight skin on her arms and neck, and her face was given a complete makeover. Perhaps the most noticeable “improvement” to Sharon Stone’s photos are the changes to her chest which is enhanced to look bigger and perkier.
As the daughter of actor Jon Voight, it seemed inevitable that Angelina Jolie was destined for stardom at a very young age; Jolie starred in her first film alongside her father back in 1982, but took the next decade off to pursue her education, before finally resuming in 1993. Jolie got her first big role nearly 20 years ago in the movie “Hackers,” but has since starred in many blockbuster hits, and has become established as an A-list actress; her many “talents” can be observed in her flawless portrayal of Lola in the masterpiece movie “Shark Tale.”
Angelina just turned 40 years old, which seems like a death sentence to some actresses, but Jolie won’t have to worry about that; she’s as close to physical perfection as can be, but her photos aren’t always completely natural. In this photo almost every part of Jolie’s face has been airbrushed, including some obvious changes to her lips; the most notable change of all has to be Angelina’s miraculous change in eye!
Most men in their mid to late 20’s think Megan Fox is the best looking actress in Hollywood. Fox started her film career in 2007 with “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen” (a biopic of her life), and quickly became the go-to actress when a director needed an onscreen starlet. The turning point in Fox’s career came when she was cast in the first two “Transformers” films.
Fox is one of the youngest members on the list at just 29 years old, so you would probably think that her photos wouldn’t need much editing. Still, magazines strive for absolute perfection and even Fox gets airbrushed regularly; you can see the change in her skin’s tone, and her nose and lips have received a total makeover.
You probably wouldn’t be too shocked to hear that the beautiful Eva Longoria got her start as a pageant queen. Longoria came from Corpus Christi, Texas, to Hollywood, where she starred in soap operas before landing her breakout role in the ABC drama/comedy “Desperate Housewives.” Longoria’s had a modest film career, but has been able to keep busy and maintain her spot in the public eye.
Longoria is 40 years old and looking fabulous, but apparently not fabulous enough for certain magazines; this photo shows Longoria’s hair changed, and her makeup altered so her face would “pop” out. Perhaps the most shocking change is an adjustment to Longoria’s clothes which make it look like she’s showing more skin through her lingerie.
Country music doesn’t get played too often on the radio, but Faith Hill was one of the first to have a popular pop-crossover, which has made her one of the most successful artists in country music history. Hill has sold more than 40 million albums, and is married to the country music powerhouse, Tim McGraw. Faith has won five Grammys, and countless Country Music Awards, and is considered a legend in her industry.
Faith Hill still looks fantastic at 47 years old, and most would kill to age as well as she has. Despite Faith Hill’s wonderful appearance, her photos are still regularly airbrushed for the media; her arms were slimmed down, and the waist around her dress was taken in to make her appear slimmer in Redbook Magazine’s photos.
It’s hard to keep a job as a model for more than a couple of years when the industry heavily values a youthful appearance, but Tyra Banks has defeated the odds by making her career last for more than two decades. Banks has reached the pinnacle of modeling by appearing on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue not once, but twice! Banks also drew in a lot of new eyes as the host of “America’s Next Top Model.”
Bank’s has been a big advocate of making appearances without makeup to illustrate what the fashion industry does to models’ images; an example of these changes is this photo, which features Banks with smoothed skin around her eyes, and a complete change in eye color from brown to hazel.