Pardon the hackneyed old phrase – but an observation therein today. When I first began taking pictures of escorts as part of my job at Action Magazine, the process was markedly different from what it became. Pose the girl…shoot a roll…get it developed at the 1 hour photo…pick the best shots…and Fedex them down to the home office. Talk about old school!
Twenty years later, I had a digital camera and a working knowledge of photoshop’s liquify tool with which I could gently mold and shape a girl’s body. Not so she was unrecognizable. Just a nip here, a tuck there, and a curve to round out the subject. You get the idea. Back in the Action era, what you saw was what you got. Two decades later, I became a skilled plastic surgeon with a mouse instead of a scalpel. After viewing the improvements, girls’ reactions varied.
One individual went on a diet immediately hoping to shed 15 pounds to look like the altered photo. But she was the exception. Another pleasant-enough though somewhat clueless diva was smitten with her new photos. “Ya see! I got a J-Lo ass,” she beamed at two or three other girls seated on the couch next to her. I said nothing. In fact, I’d spent a fair amount of time and effort shaping her not-that-shapely booty to make it look like she had that J-Lo ass. Suddenly – at least in her minds’s eye – she had it!
And she wasn’t the only one. Another of her colleagues got a similar treatment and similar to “Ms. J-Lo,” acted as if the body I’d molded was actually hers. “You realize I phattened your ass up in that picture,” I chided the woman as her presumption was just too over-the-top. You’d have thought she was a balloon I’d punctured. The girl didn’t say a word for the next 15 minutes.
Now I ask you guys…if I took a photo of you and then removed your pot belly…or gave you a six-pack…or broadened your shoulders…or done anything to enhance your physical attractiveness…would you then think you’d suddenly improved in appearance? Or simply thank me for giving you a good photo with which to feature on some dating site or other?
Whatever the answer…perception became reality with the deluded in the case two of the three women featured in this entry. Find me a woman who’s actually more attractive than she thinks and you’ve got a winner. The problem is to find her. Therein lies the rub!