Classic Paintings Photoshopped To Reflect Today’s Impossible Beauty Standards
Before-and-after GIFs compare beauty ideals from the past several hundred years.
Faced with images that present a size 0 or 2 as the universal standard to attain, anyone who reads a magazine or watches TV shows tend to assume that thinner is necessarily better. However, the desire for a softer and fuller body was common before the 20th century, and even was a sign of wealth and success. Similarly, paintings from hundreds of years ago prove that expectations for women’s bodies once involved more contours.
Inspired by the beauty expectations of centuries past, Lauren Wade has gone Vogue with Renaissance paintings. The Senior Photo Editor at TakePart, Wade has reimagined how artists such as Botticelli or Raphael would have perceived of their models for their paintings, had today’s mainstream body ideals existed during Renaissance and Impressionist times.