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We Got Photoshopped Into Different Cultural Beauty Standards And It Made Us Look At Our Bodies Differently

"I LOOK LIKE A SIM."

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Even if you really love yourself, it's tough not to look in the mirror sometimes and wonder what you might look like if x body part was just a little different. But beauty really IS super subjective, and to prove it, the women of Ladylike decided to get their bodies photoshopped to fit their respective cultural beauty standards:

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Here's Safiya before and after she was photoshopped to fit Indian beauty standards:

Original photos: Macey J. Foronda/Photoshops: Evan Robert Trusewicz

What was changed: lighter skin; thinner thighs and arms; narrower waist, hips, and shoulders.

Original photos: Macey J. Foronda/Photoshops: Evan Robert Trusewicz

What was changed: lighter skin; thinner thighs and arms; narrower waist, hips, and shoulders.

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Original photos: Macey J. Foronda/Photoshops: Evan Robert Trusewicz

What was changed: lighter skin; thinner thighs and arms; narrower waist, hips, and shoulders.

Here's how Saf felt after seeing her photoshopped photo:

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"At first, seeing my photoshopped body was kind of an 'I Spy' game of what had been changed — I noticed the size of my thighs immediately, but it took me much longer to figure out the other changes. I was surprised by how similar Indian beauty standards seemed to be to American ones! And how so many small changes can add up to this clone-y version of yourself, where you look like a person who looks like you but not like yourself. Even though it was somewhat jarring to look at, the photoshop made me realize that I don’t really need to or want to change my body to look more like it."

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Here's Kristin before and after being photoshopped to Italian beauty standards:

Original Photos: Macey J. Foronda/BuzzFeed; Photoshops: Evan Robert Trusewicz

What was changed: Thinner waist, thighs, calves, feet, arms, hands, neck, face, and butt; higher boobs; tanner skin.

Original Photos: Macey J. Foronda/BuzzFeed; Photoshops: Evan Robert Trusewicz

What was changed: Thinner waist, thighs, calves, feet, arms, hands, neck, face, and butt; higher boobs; tanner skin.

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Original Photos: Macey J. Foronda/BuzzFeed; Photoshops: Evan Robert Trusewicz

What was changed: Thinner waist, thighs, calves, feet, arms, hands, neck, face, and butt; higher boobs; tanner skin.

Here's how Kristin felt about her photoshopped photo:

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"Even if I was thinner, this isn't how my fat would be distributed, and you don't get to choose where your body keeps your fat. This is basically off-brand me. I am literally staring at Kirkland-brand Kristin. And while she is a perfectly good and valid fake person, I don't see myself here. "

Here's Freddie before and after being photoshopped to African-American beauty standards:

Original Photos: Macey J. Foronda; Photoshop: Evan Robert Trusewicz

What was changed: lighter skin; more defined chin; thinner stomach; bigger thighs, butt, and boobs.

Original Photos: Macey J. Foronda; Photoshop: Evan Robert Trusewicz

What was changed: lighter skin; more defined chin; thinner stomach; bigger thighs, butt, and boobs.

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Original Photos: Macey J. Foronda; Photoshop: Evan Robert Trusewicz

What was changed: lighter skin; more defined chin; thinner stomach; bigger thighs, butt, and boobs.

Here's how Fred felt about seeing her photo:

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"The photoshopped picture was pretty much exactly what I thought it would look like. As a kid, I dreamed of having these curves, and lighter skin as well. The curves aren’t as jarring to me as seeing myself with a different complexion."

And here's Jen before and after being photoshopped to Japanese beauty standards:

Original Photo: Macey J. Foronda/BuzzFeed; Photoshop: Evan Robert Trusewicz

What was changed: Narrower calves, thighs, hips, shoulders, face, and facial features; smaller boobs; lighter skin; and wider eyes.

Original Photo: Macey J. Foronda/BuzzFeed; Photoshop: Evan Robert Trusewicz

What was changed: Narrower calves, thighs, hips, shoulders, face, and facial features; smaller boobs; lighter skin; and wider eyes.

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Original Photo: Macey J. Foronda/BuzzFeed; Photoshop: Evan Robert Trusewicz

What was changed: Narrower calves, thighs, hips, shoulders, face, and facial features; smaller boobs; lighter skin; and wider eyes.

Here's how Jen reacted to seeing her photos:

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"Seeing my photoshopped self was pretty underwhelming! It was cool that someone was able to photoshop that effectively. BUT it kinda was like looking at a funhouse mirror: Kinda recognized myself, but didn’t feel too affected, because it looked a lil' cartoonish."