You’ve definitely seen retouched pictures of celebrities, but what about unretouched celebrity pictures? It’s impossible to go through a supermarket line without seeing at least one glossy, fabulous lifestyle magazine featuring an unrealistically attractive celebrity flashing a bright, white grin at you. Obviously, your first thought is usually, “Wow, he/she is hot.” But unfortunately, your second thought is usually, “Wow, I could never look like that.” Thus is the psychological effect of media “airbrushing” on our perceptions of what beautiful male and female humans should look like.
Jezebel uncovered this un-retouched photo of Faith Hill from a July 2007 cover of Redbook. You can see where editors spruced up the already stunning country singer. Basically, they slimmed her arms, lightened her hair, thinned her smile, and generally made her look like that robot that she played in The Stepford Wives.
Birthplace: Ridgeland, Mississippi, United States of America
Profession: Record producer, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Singer, Artist
The UFC fighter was sent a picture of an appearance she made on Jimmy Fallon’s show to share on social media. Except it was altered to make her arms look less buff. Rousey was having none of that, and posted the original and retouched pics side-by-side, vowing that she’s proud of her body, and it won’t happen again.
Birthplace: California, United States of America
Profession: Mixed Martial Artist, Actor
Khloe Kardashian released this un-retouched image from a 2015 photo shoot with Complex Magazine after critics called it out for being photoshopped. In an Instagram comment below the image she says, “Give me an ounce of credit for my daily workouts!” She basically looks the same (damn girl!) in both photos.
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Profession: Fashion designer, Television producer, Entrepreneur, Model, Author, + more
After everyone and their mother started commenting on Jessica Simpson’s weight gain in 2010, she decided to go un-airbrushed on the cover of Marie Claire as a way to point out society’s unrealistic expectations of women. It only sort of worked: She still managed to look unrealistically attractive, even without airbrush wizardry.
Birthplace: Abilene, Texas, United States of America
Profession: Spokesperson, Fashion designer, Businessperson, Television producer, Singer-songwriter, + more
Kim Kardashian’s un-retouched pics in a 2009 edition of Life & Style were meant to make some sort of statement, but the only statement they seemed to be making was, “I’m still hot without Photoshop.” Can you still call your look “natural” if your face is caked in makeup?
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Profession: Fashion designer, Businessperson, Television producer, Entrepreneur, Model, + more
Jude Law’s ex-wife appeared au naturel in Grazia magazine to show that older women can still be beautiful without Photoshop. Mostly, it just made people jealous of her toned, curvy body, which she still had at age 40, after having several children.
Birthplace: England, London, Islington
Profession: Businessperson, Film Producer, Designer, Actor
Parenthood‘s Joy Bryant appeared naked and un-Photoshopped in Harper’s Bazaar as a way to make a statement about women’s bodies and yada yada… whatever. She still looked amazingly attractive.
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Profession: Model, Actor
In 2002, Jamie Lee Curtis, unofficial spokesperson for old people’s digestive issues, appeared in More magazine without digital alterations. Her appearance is probably the bravest one on this list, considering the fact that she doesn’t have a freakishly perfect body.
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States of America
Profession: Author, Actor, Voice acting, Writer
This preternaturally attractive supermodel appeared nude and un-retouched in Tank magazine to show what an “average, realistic 40-year-old body” looked like. Her words.
Birthplace: Rheinberg, Germany
Profession: Businessperson, Fashion Model, Model, Supermodel, Actor
When people started murmuring about Demi Moore’s unrealistic-looking legs on the cover of W magazine in 2009, she released her “original” pics to the media to prove that her shoot had not been altered. Unfortunately, the original pics (at right) look almost exactly the same and don’t really prove anything.
Birthplace: Roswell, New Mexico, United States of America
Profession: Songwriter, Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Actor, + more
When you’re Miss Universe 2004, is it really brave to show up unaltered and nude in a magazine? Or are you just rubbing your hotness in everyone’s face?
Birthplace: Holmesville, Australia
Profession: Supermodel, Presenter
Un-retouched photos of Anjelica Huston appeared in celebrity photographer Johnny Rozsa’s 2010 photo book Untouched.
Birthplace: USA, California, Santa Monica
Profession: Film Producer, Model, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director
This unaltered photo of Carmen Electra appeared in Untouched along with Anjelica Huston’s picture.
Birthplace: Sharonville, Ohio, United States of America
Profession: Fitness professional, Model, Author, Actor, Voice acting, + more
Cotillard’s un-Photoshopped appearance on the cover of Vanity Fair is one of the most beautiful of this list.
Birthplace: France, Paris
Profession: Model, Actor, Singer
Another beauty included in the unaltered photo album Untouched was Mrs. Michael Douglas.
Birthplace: Swansea, United Kingdom
Profession: Spokesperson, Actor, Singer, Dancer
Daryl Hannah looked smoldering in this unaltered photo from celebrity photographer Johnny Rozsa.
Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois
Profession: Activist, Businessperson, Environmentalist, Film Producer, Actor
Hugh Hefner’s ex, Holly Madison, appeared in Life & Style in all of her unedited glory, which basically meant that there were a few more wrinkles on her than usual.
Birthplace: Oregon, USA, Astoria
Profession: Television producer, Model, Actor, Showgirl, TV Personality
This untouched pic of David Duchovny appeared in the book Untouched, suspenders and all.
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
Profession: Television director, Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting
She’s never been conventionally attractive, but Sandra Bernhard looks shockingly beautiful in this un-retouched pic from Untouched.
Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Flint
Profession: Comedian, Screenwriter, Author, Actor, Singer
Johnny Rozsa’s muse for Untouched’s cover photo was none other than Daniel Day Lewis.
Birthplace: Greenwich, London, United Kingdom
Zendaya posted this side-by-side look on Instagram after Modeliste Magazine used photoshop to slim the 19-year-old’s thighs and waist. Modeliste has since taken down the photoshopped image at Zendaya’s request.
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States of America
Profession: Actor, Singer, Dancer