We all know that the world isn’t as perfect as it seems to some of us, and this is absolutely true about the fashion world too. We have already talked about fashion bloggers and It girls photoshopping their bodies to look ideal on their personal blogs and even on social accounts, including Instagram. However, none of those glam-and-always-perfect-looking girls has confessed this so far, well, except for Dana Suchow – a popular and successful fashion blogger based in New York, who you might better know as the owner of Do The Hot Pants. The fashion blogger has admitted to photoshopping her photos for perfecting her look prior to presenting them to the public. She talked the truth in her latest blog post titled “Photos I Wish I Didn’t Photoshop” publishing several before-and-after photos, which clearly display the retouching she did to flatten her stomach or give the ideal smooth effect to her skin.
“In my ongoing mission to lift the veil that is currently suffocating us women, I realized that I, Hotpants, haven’t been entirely truthful with you,” Dana wrote in her post, showing her determination to coming clean, transparent and original from now on, and ditching photoshop, which she has been turning to for over a year. Dana also adds: “I’m putting my flaws out there, as little or as big as they seem, so please respect that this isn’t easy for anyone.” She also reveals the purpose of telling her followers the truth, encouraging everyone to feel special, to never compare themselves with others and to know that not everything is authentic.
Photoshop and digital retouching have been super popular recently among celebrities, models and fashion bloggers, who constantly turn to this or that application for elongating their bodies, looking slimmer and just doll-like, sometimes even adding makeup to their bare faces. This arouses a big confusion among their followers to understand what is real and what is fake, while some even fall into depressions, thinking they are so far from perfection. Actually, fashion is beautiful, but it has so many artificial aspects, and this is true about the word of fashion blogging too. Nowadays, almost every second girl dreams of becoming a personal style blogger and owning a super-successful website, where she’ll only post her photos illustrating her cool looks composed of luxurious and expensive designer clothing, while earning millions of dollars annually. This bubbly, perfect and dream-like world is actually full of dissimulation, and you should really think twice before dreaming of taking this path.
Fashion blogging has turned into a big business, where bloggers try to represent themselves as perfect brand-sellers, which makes some of them fake their appearances for reaching success. As Dana reveals in an interview with SheKnows, she also had that kind of intention in the beginning: “I photoshopped the images in the beginning of starting my blog because I wanted the money type of success.”
However, luckily she decided to change the style and aim of her blog, making it really something unique and not like all the rest of fake images you can find on many other websites. Dana has the strong determination to stick to this idea in her future posts too, as “The feedback I’ve received has been humbling. It’s not about a skinny girl wishing she was just a bit more perfect. It’s about every woman feeling ugly and imperfect no matter how little the imperfection.” She also sends her message to all those women and fans of fashion, who still think this world is real and who still underestimate their natural beauty, saying: “Don’t believe anything you see. If you can’t touch it, it’s not real. The only real thing that will support you through life is your body. And that’s something you can hold…right now.”
We hope Dana’s confession will be a challenge for many other fashion bloggers too, who’ll try to look authentic from now on, inspiring their followers with their small or big flaws too. Our advice to starter bloggers is to stick to their passion, rather than to fall into the competition of being more successful in this business!
Photos courtesy of Do The Hot Pants