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A Mother’s Body: Photoshop Free Portraits Honor The True Beauty Of Motherhood

Sunday 11.23.2014 , Posted by
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Like snowflakes, there are no two humans on this Earth exactly alike, yet all of our billboards would have us believing differently. While everyone is still probably overwhelmed by the courage that Kim Kardashian showed when she revealed her photoshopped body to the internet in attempts to “break it”, there are actually some mothers whose postpartum bodies aren’t so smooth and glistening. Photographer Jade Beall was one of them and she decided to post a picture of her un-retouched body, holding her infant son, on her Facebook page. The photo went viral and soon other women were asking Beall to photograph their bodies too. Hearing their stories inspired Beall to set out to show the world that being yourself is the most beautiful thing you can be. [Read more…]

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Photographer Uses Brain Scanner to Find Out How People Wish They Looked

Sunday 10.12.2014 , Posted by
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A straighter nose, bigger eyes, higher cheekbones: in a culture that glorifies physical perfection, many of us can immediately identify traits we would like to change about ourselves. Using a unique combination of photography and neuroscience, Scott Chasserot attempts to capture images of our perfect selves through his project Original/Ideal. [Read more…]

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Woman With Vitiligo Models How Beautiful Looking Different Can Be

Monday 08.25.2014 , Posted by
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From the catwalk in Canada to America’s Next Top Model, Chantelle Brown-Young has been showing how comfortable she is in her own skin. Affected by the skin condition Vitiligo, which causes the skin’s pigment to disappear in patches, the young model has a captivating, unique beauty. Although she endured excessive bullying in her school days, with hurtful names like “cow” and “milky”, Brown-Young blocked out the negativity and embraced her individuality to follow her dreams of becoming a model. [Read more…]

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“Make Me Beautiful.” That’s What Esther Honig Said When She Sent Her Picture Around the World

Thursday 06.26.2014 , Posted by
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“Make me beautiful.” That’s the simple instructions Esther Honig sent with her un-altered portrait to Photoshop enthusiasts around the world. What the Kansas City-based freelance journalist received back is an insightful and sometimes startling observation on beauty standards across various cultures… as well as a hilarious look at what can qualify as “Photoshop skills.” [Read more…]

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Are Beautiful People Really Symmetrical?

Friday 06.13.2014 , Posted by
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There’s been a ton of buzz in past years about how symmetrical facial features are the most attractive. This usually comes along with some reference to Denzel Washington and his perfect face. But, is any of that really true? [Read more…]

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Season Girls: Morgan Davidson Illustrates in Vibrant Colored Pencil

Monday 04.14.2014 , Posted by
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This lively and engaging work from Morgan Davidson’s series Season Girls takes a fashionable trip through the year lead by lovely women rendered in what you could call hyper-realistic detail – but with an extraordinary touch of hues. From starfish to maple leaves, symbols of the seasons fill the curls of each woman’s hair. [Read more…]

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Beauty: Classic Paintings Spring Into Motion in This Stunning Film About Life

Monday 01.20.2014 , Posted by
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What do we do when standing before the classic paintings of years past? For many of us, as we gaze at the beautiful flourishes of paint that make up icons like Sir John Everett Millais’ Ophelia or William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s Birth of Venus, the aim is making them real in our minds eye. However fantastic the scene, can we believe that these images are real? This recent film called Beauty is helping us to realize that yearning, bringing the paintings of old into an entirely new light by putting them into stunning motion. [Read more…]

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Driftwood Horses Leap into Life. Flowing Sculptures From James Doran Webb

Tuesday 01.14.2014 , Posted by
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Taking driftwood he finds on the beach near his home in the Philippines, British artist James Doran Webb creates lifelike animal sculptures that seem to leap into motion. Each is the result of a careful study based on the animal’s behavior, environment and motion – and the natural beauty in each piece makes this evident. [Read more…]

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Stunning Time-Lapse of the Natural Beauty of the Western U.S.A.

Thursday 12.05.2013 , Posted by

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For the past year and a half, Andrew Walker has been shooting stunning motion controlled footage of some of the most serene, beautiful places in the Western U.S.A. From Montana to Arizona, he used over 15,000 captured stills to create this majestic video, which he calls Journey Part 1. Using motion control equipment from Dynamic Perception and Kessler Crane, he traveled high and low (12,000 feet high and 225 feet below sea level to be exact) to capture these breathtaking views. You will see clouds rolling over mountain tops, sweeping through cities, and hovering over valleys. Walker captured some of the most gorgeous views of our galaxy and shooting stars dancing through the sky. Words can not do justice for the beauty you are about to witness in the video below- after the jump. Enjoy! [Read more…]

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Can You Tell Which of These Identical Twins Smoked Longer?

Tuesday 11.05.2013 , Posted by

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It’s common knowledge that smoking ages your body, right? But how do we really know that’s happening when we’re looking at individuals? Couldn’t their other habits, like not wearing sunscreen or drinking too much, have really been the culprit? Researches from the Department of Plastic Surgery at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio have put these questions to rest with their study Facial Changes Caused by Smoking: A Comparison between Smoking and Nonsmoking Identical Twins.

Over the four years from 2007 to 2010, the researchers attended Twins Days Festival in… ehem… Twinsburg, Ohio, and collected 79 sets of twins between the ages of 18 and 78. One criteria in their search? One twin had to have been a smoker for at least 5 years longer than their sibling. [Read more…]

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