Photo Special: How I Became Perfect

I think it’s fairly common knowledge that most magazine cover models are retouched and retouched and retouched some more before they’re ready for public consumption. But I think that, despite that knowledge, very few of us have any real idea of how extreme the sort of thing can get. This website goes into all of the gory details. They take an image of a pretty, yet flawed 14 year old and turn her into the sexpot cover model for a Cosmo-type “young women’s” magazine. Disturbing on a number of levels, but also unbelievably fascinating, it’s certainly worth a moment or two of your time.

Thanks to fandango_matt at Metafilter for pointing this one out.