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Michelle Obama Gets A Photoshop Facelift

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You have to admit, the First Lady does keep a good house. But the editors of Good Housekeeping seem to think she could could have a better face.

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The May issue of the mag is a Special Collector's Issue, and not just because it's full of "home makeovers." No, you'll definitely want to hold on to this one, because Michelle's got a makeover too! The entire bottom half of Michelle's face seems to have been replaced, her forehead has been nicely tightened, and the entire right (our left) side of her face seems to have scored some extreme chiseling. A solid helmet head and weird lighting finish off her look. Like a beautiful painting, this one's a real keepsake.

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I'm going to disagree that this is like a "beautiful painting." Many, many painters could have produced a far more appealing and more emotionally truthful cover. As someone who works in the arts, I'm going blame an unlikely source: the decrease of arts education and the resulting lack of visual literacy. Unfortunately, many people, even those with editorial responsibilities, can no longer look at a work of art/image with any degree of critical sophistication. How much something "looks like a photo" and has no observable mistakes (wrinkles, evidence of the artist's materials) is their standard. Smooth, unflawed surfaces are prized. I've had art directors blow up an image 5 times beyond print size to smooth out brush work and miniscule facial lines only visible at that scale, leaving the resulting print image (the one that matters) look like the disturbing plastic thing above. The humanity and personality is all but lost. But there were no observable brush marks or wrinkles so the art director feels like they've done their job. They've colored within the lines! Sadly, a Dutch painting from the 17th century has more "truth" than the photoshop garbage we crank out today.