I’m tired of people accusing me of Photoshop like there is a special circle of Hell for Photoshop users. First of all, obviously the campaigns I model for are going to be retouched – no company would ever release raws straight off the camera. But Instagram is the real deal. Sure, there are a few filters, but overall nobody has the time to photoshop their body, hair color (!), or face. My pictures look good because I do my makeup on-point, understand lighting (note how I’m usually in the floral bathroom, against a window) and know how to pose myself in a flattering way. Sometimes I’ll pop in a pair of colored contacts for effect ( Desio Color Contact Lenses green), but that’s it.
The whole point of cellphone-photography is that it’s honest & spontaneous. So don’t hate me because my selfies are beautiful.
You know what I’ve been playing with recently? A website called Foto Forensics, where you can upload pictures to see if they’ve been photoshopped. Of course, my main source of entertainment was the Unicorn Queen herself, Xenia Vorotova. Her ‘candid’ photos have been worked on, a lot of them quite extensively, and the funny thing is she genuinely believes she can convince the disbelieving masses otherwise just by throwing a strop. The latest is the screencap above, so I thought I’d test that theory.
By running the above photo through, I saw a great deal of retouching in it. Let’s have a look below. First off is Xenia’s ‘real deal’ photo, and to compare, a picture I took a few days ago, standing in front of my sister’s glass doors, on a fairly bright day, as per Xenia’s excuse. (Please note I wasn’t taking the picture for this purpose because I’m not a time traveller! It was just good luck :p)
So, without even looking into the analysis page of the Foto Forensics site, it’s pretty obvious one of these is not like the other. For one, I’m under no impression that ‘my selfies are beautiful’. Truthful, perhaps. I’m happy with that. But more than that, my analysed photo isn’t nearly as bloody bright! I’m wearing a full face of make up, including drawing in my eyebrows (but is it on point I wonder?), I have reasonable bright hair, and I’m all mysteriously pale and shit. And yet, apart from the outlines on my person, the details are pretty subdued. Even Xenia’s floral wallpaper is massively brighter! Her eyes and eyebrows (or really, where her eyes/brows should be, ammarite?) are hella bright for what shows on the original pic, and those nude coloured (so saying as they look nude but can’t say either way if any product was used) lips are as lit and defined as my lips are with my beloved NON nude lipstick. And let’s not get started on her magical special secret recipe hair compared to my sadly lacking just dyed normal ginger hair.
Ok, ok – I get that you’re going on my word that my photo is not retouched. By the same token, however – Xenia is asking you to believe her is too. Who is telling the really real truth here? I’m not telling you to believe me without merit – quite the opposite. I’m asking you to consider the evidence, and maybe even look into that analysis page for further research (for my own sanity I’m not even gonna try to put it in my own words so you may as well go straight to source) and decide for yourself what is what.
Xenia has made her fortune by lying, scheming, backstabbing and manipulating her way to the middle. She espouses magical special snowflake preciousness for her customers, then berates and insults them in the same breath, all the while charging them high end prices for low end make up. I don’t like her. I don’t like how she treats people. I don’t like how she uses and discards decent people. And I’m not going to shut up about it either.
I’m just giving my opinion, and the facts as best as I can. I don’t mind if you disagree with me. Hate me for it but don’t think you will scare me in any way. This will NOT be deleted or hidden. I’m Scottish, and therefore scarier than you. The internet never forgets anyway.