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Since it’s the week after Spring Break, there are a surplus of pictures being uploaded to Facebook from the week prior.  This means that we constantly check Facebook eager to see the new pictures from everyone’s adventures whether or not they were in the same place as you.

I don’t have a waterproof phone case so I didn’t use my phone very much while I was in Jamaica.  The Wifi wasn’t stellar when we weren’t in our house either (and even then, it wasn’t always great) so the majority of the time I used my phone, it was in my house.  When we went to our pool, someone else’s pool, on a boat or to the beach, my phone was in a Ziploc bag to make sure it didn’t drown.  Yup, basically I was the coolest kid wherever I went.

That being said, whenever I got a picture of myself that a friend took of me, I had to edit it before Instagramming it or putting it on any other social media platform.  I would do this for pictures taken on my phone as well, but this step was just a little more evident to me when the pictures weren’t coming directly from my own phone.

What’s the big deal about unedited pictures anyways?

Well, it actually seems like a lot is wrong with it.  I’ve discussed this topic before: celebrities edit their photos and I expect that from them, but when brands heavily edit the models in their advertisements, I don’t enjoy that.  Aerie took a stand against this and stopped editing the models in all advertisements.

When pictures of Cindy Crawford were leaked showing her looking like a real person rather than an airbrushed flawless model, my classmate Caroline wrote about it.  She wasn’t shocked by this picture and liked that comments beneath the picture were supportive of her 50-year-old body.

When un-edited pictures of Beyonce were released, Mashable reported how the Beyhive (the army of Beyonce supporters) went crazy.

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**Disclaimer: I think that Beyonce is flawless and I haven’t been shy about saying that before.  That being said, I refuse to believe that those photos are real and that she doesn’t look perfect 24/7.  Half kidding.**

The above video is reference to what the Queen Bey looks like in L’Oréal ads so you can see the difference.

Some members of the Beyhive agree with me and refuse to believe that Beyonce doesn’t wake up *flawless*, post up *flawless*, ridin’ round in that *flawless*, flossing all on that *flawless*.

Okay, sorry I’ve gotten a little off topic… I’m watching Beyonce music videos now pretending that I’m her.  Ugh.  Why am I not Beyonce???

Sorry… back to the pictures.

Others used the leaked images as proof that images in the media are heavily edited and manipulated which, to some, is an issue.  I agree to a certain extent: I don’t think the images should be altered so much so that they don’t resemble the original.  In other words, even if your FB profile picture or Instagrams are perfect, we know what you look like in person.

Editing images to remove a blemish or adjust the colors and exposure of the image are fair game in my book.  If you erase part of your thigh to seem smaller like Target did, that’s not good (rumors say that Beyonce does this and I don’t have the heart to discuss that).

Though I still think that brands should steer away from manipulating images of their models, I think a slightly different standard exists for individuals.  I don’t care as much if Kim K makes her waistline slimmer because, well, it’s Kim Kardashian, a celebrity and I expect that from her.  It wouldn’t be as acceptable, or acceptable at all, if I made my waist much smaller than it is in real life.

But I’m going to continue using apps to make sure my pictures look great, but hopefully they still look like me in real life.