12/12/2013 11:51 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 01:38 EST

Photoshop Parody Beauty Ads Reveal Just How Much Photos Are Digitally Altered


We're all aware that Photoshop is used liberally in fashion and beauty advertisements but many of us don't quite know to what extent digital manipulation is used on womens' bodies.

Anna Hill, a student at East Carolina University, set to find out just how much Photoshop is used in ads and the results are startling.

The 24-year-old created four images for a project in an advanced digital photography class which parody Photoshop as mock advertisements.

One of the images show a side-by-side comparison of a woman's face before and after Photoshop was applied. The manipulated image altered her face so much that she look almost unrecognizable: Hair and eye whites are brightened, eyeshadow and mascara are applied, skin is smooth and pore-free, eyebrows are filled in and nose is slimmed down.

Hill posted the photos to Reddit which have gathered more than 200 comments in the past two days.

Hill told the Huffington Post:

"I thought it would be fun to poke fun at how much beauty ads are overly manipulated. They really are altered so much, they may as well be advertising Photoshop rather than the products they actually sell."

The images highlight the very real problem that many girls and women believe that the models and celebrities in advertisements are as perfect in the photo as they are in real life.

Thankfully, women like Anna are educating women on the realities of Photoshop.

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