Little Known Ways to Look Like a Supermodel

You don’t have to be Niki Taylor to look like a supermodel.

Have a good body image

Look your best-Don't kill yourself to do it.

With two teenage girls in the house, fashion and body image is a huge deal. Both girls are infatuated with fashion, fashion magazines, and the television shows. It’s enough to drive me nuts. (Love you, girls!)

The Real Life Fitness question of the day is how healthy is it for young girls to soak this stuff up? I’ve watched two videos over the past month that have shaken our foundation.

Both of these videos have to do with the Photoshop pictures used in pretty much all magazines.

As you see in the video below, it’s scary what the magazine publishers allow in their products. It’s misleading.

The end of the video is absolutely perfect. Here you have a beautiful woman, who is a serious exerciser. Honestly, what could she possibly do, and to what extreme would she have to go in order to look like the photochopped pic? It’s just flat out not right, and not healthy.

Screw that! Real Life Fitness is not be about obtaining perfection. Do the best that you can with the tools and time that you have.

Of course we want to look the best that we can. Go for it. Don’t kill yourself in the process.

Work your ass off. Eat good food.

If you’re not enjoying your life, what are you busting tail for?

Photo: Ali Farid

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19 Responses to “Little Known Ways to Look Like a Supermodel”

  1. Hey. I’m hot. I’m not perfect but I’m hot. Two kids (one via C-section), a hysterectomy and stretch marks (all look much better with a good tan) and I eat like crap but in moderation and stay physically active and I have to say it – I’m hot. The key to being hot isn’t necessarily looking like that smoking hot chick, it’s knowing you are. At least trying to believe you’re hot. I may not be the best looking person in the bar but I have the best attitude and that commands all the attention I need.

    *giggle*

  2. Todd says:

    You go, Julie! That’s exactly what I’m talking about. That is Real Life Fitness at it’s core!

  3. Anne says:

    Ugh! This has become one of my biggest pet peeves. I’ve seen some of these videos, and it’s very disturbing, not to mention extremely misleading. Girls look at these magazines, and feel that they have to strive for that perfection. Then it turns out that it’s all fake. It really p*sses me off!

    Todd, I love the Real Life Fitness direction that you’re going in. Keep up the great work!

  4. RandiMarx says:

    Is it really that big a deal? I just don’t see what the problem is.

  5. Anne says:

    What? Are you an idiot? Or perhaps a troll? You can’t be serious with a dumb statement like that. That’s not only sexiest, it’s incredibly insensitive!

  6. RandiMarx says:

    I dont think it’s a dumb statement. Just don’t see what the big deal is. Men and women both find the end result sexy. Your body issues aren’t my concern.

  7. Anne says:

    Look you insensitive ass, any body issues that I have are partially caused by this kind of garbage. What are you, 13? Grow up and be a man!

  8. Tim@Work says:

    Randi, the pictures used in those mags aren’t real. You can’t be serious. You’re fantasizing about made up stuff. Do you close your eyes and think about Bugs Bunny in a dress too?

    And Julie, you are a hot mommy, aren’t you? ;)

  9. Pete@BOR says:

    Randi, that’s just not healthy my friend.
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  10. Jen M. says:

    1. I agree with Tim, Julie you are a hot mommy. :P

    2. I hate to say it, but I don’t disagree with Randi. Granted, he comes off like a jerk, but how long has the Photoshopped process really been used? From what the photographer said, the use of this technology at this level is less than 10 years. Super models on magazine covers have been around for many decades though.

  11. Todd says:

    Let’s keep it civil, kids. Conversation and debate is good. Keep it up.

  12. RandiMarx says:

    Looks like I touched a nerve with Anne. As a matter of fact, I’m not a teenager. I just don’t see what the big deal is. Personal responsibility should be practiced by those that are bothered by the fact that editors are using “chopped” photos in order to sell more magazines.

  13. YAY FOR BEING A HOT MOMMY!

    I bust my ass to be one and I think flaws add to it. Those pictures are absolutely photoshopped. I always joke that i want a Mommy Bloggers spread in PlayBoy and everyone says they want our flaws airbrushed out but I think that’s part of who we are. My stomach still isn’t flat. Probably won’t ever be but I do the best I can and true hotness comes from attitude. There’s a bar I go to where another woman frequents. In my opinion if you put us side by side she’d be hotter but she is such a total rag no one wants to pay her any attention. My body isn’t perfect, my skin has flaws but I have a strong sense of self, I’m not a raging bitch and I exude confidence so I get the free (lite) beers. Give it time. All of those women in magazines will get old and wrinkled and stare at their photoshopped pinup pictures 40 years from now.

  14. Matt says:

    Great post and a very sensitive topic evidently.

    I guess I’m sort of split. In some ways I view what the photoshop people do as an art form. It’s really amazing, while at the same time I understand that these images have the ability to change and skew our perceptions of what is “perfect”.

    Some also say that it diminishes the value of a person, by giving more importance to appearance than personality. It’s all about educating people, especially kids, and separating marketing fantasy from reality. If you want to see what a famous person REALLY looks like, pick up a tabloid!:)

    I agree and echo what Julie said above about old photoshopped pinups looking back at their old photos some day and saying “look at how pretty and perfect I never was.”

    Fitness is a journey for me. It’s not about how I look at anyone moment in time, but instead is about the way I live my life and the path I choose.

    I may not look as young and “pretty” as I once was, but I guarantee that the 30 year old me could kick the 20 year old me’s ass any day of the week!

    Wishing you all the best!

    -Lean Muscle Matt
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  15. Melinda says:

    When I was a teenager (oh my…I hate saying that!) I can remember how low my self-esteem was because I was aiming for perfection and always thought I was falling short. I never realized how many tips and tricks are used to create the illusion of perfection in the fashion world. Nobody is perfect!

    I have a 4-year-old stepdaughter who is already concerned about “looking fat” and that scares me. My boys (6, 7) are also concerned about it. Kids seem to start worrying about their body image at such a young age.

    Thanks for this!
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  16. Todd says:

    @Julie, Great point about flaws. They give personality. I also agree, attitude is everything.

    @Matt, I didn’t think it was going to be SO sensitive, and to be honest, I didn’t think anybody would jump on the other side, like Randi. It brings an interesting view to the conversation though.

    @Melinda, the media plays such a large role in our lives, whether we like to admit it or not. It’s everywhere, and it does(sadly affect our thoughts.

  17. Rick Kaselj says:

    Todd,

    That photoshop effect is crazy!

    How can you believe anything you see.

    Rick Kaselj of http://ExercisesForInjuries.com

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  18. Actually it makes me sick to see some of these Hollywood types airbrushed, smoothed, and reduced on the cover of magazines. Thing is, as long as people will buy it, the photoshopping will get even more sophisticated.
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  19. Todd says:

    @Rick, It does make it so that you don’t trust what you see. While in the grocery store yesterday, I saw a picture of Oprah on a magazine cover. All I could think about was how they must have touched that up because she was looking pretty trim. That’s not right.

    @Project Swole, Steve, you couldn’t be more right. As long as the public buys those magazines, they will keep it up, and get more advanced.

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