A little reminder for anyone who struggles with their appearance.
The photo on the left is of PNB dancer Chelsea Adomaitis warming up before a show. Taken by Lindsay Thomas.
The photo on the right is the grotesque result of photoshop. I have seen this image a few times on facebook, but I only realized how distorted it was when someone pointed out that it was photoshopped. Her foot has been made to look more winged, her body thinner. Her strong shoulders are disproportionate to her now deformed waist.
The original photo is of a strong, talented, slim, healthy dancer. The altered image is a reflection of the constant pressure towards unattainable ”perfection”. This is the first time I have seen proof of a popular photoshopped ballet photo, but I do not doubt that many photos have been “doctored” in the same way. This is not OK.
REBLOGGING AGAIN BECAUSE REASONS
Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 (via thatkindofwoman)
The Medicine of Hope (via thisfragilerose)
Dear Mirrored Girl,
There is something so
gratifying about lessening yourself.
Pull and rip and shred,
why would you deserve to take up such space?
What a luxury it is
to take and empty yourself
while children are crying from empty stomachs.
Are you jealous of poverty?
Aren’t you above the normal human functions?
Women are made of coffee and cigarettes
tiny claws, gnawing hunger,
teach your children to mold into sickness.
You are magnificent,
you are strong willed,
you are so successful at killing yourself,
Raphaël Année, a young photographer and graphic designer hailing from France, is one of the flourishing members of the Parisian art crew, “The Coolege.”
Sylvia Plath written in 1949 at age 17. (via impiraminum)