Via Kate Bartolotta
on Jun 19, 2012
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Is something invented by Madison Avenue and the creators of Photoshop:

Forever Healthy & Young

For all 60 before and after Photoshop pictures visit Forever Healthy & Young.

To me, the most beautiful people aren’t the ones who are “flawless.”

If you have a life that’s full of laughter—you are going to have wrinkles.

If you play, enjoy and spend time outdoors, you’re going to freckle.

If you live your life passionately, it’s going to show.

If you go through all of those things that carve away the bullshit and leave you raw and excellent and true—you aren’t going to have an expressionless, lineless photoshoppedface.

You will be real.

That’s what makes you beautiful.



About Kate Bartolotta

Kate Bartolotta is a wellness cheerleader, yogini storyteller, and self-care maven. She also writes for Huffington Post, Yoga International, Mantra Yoga+ Health, a beauty full mind, The Good Men Project, The Green Divas, The Body Project, Project Eve, Thought Catalog and Soulseeds. Kate's books are now available on and Barnes & She is passionate about helping people fall in love with their lives. You can connect with Kate on Facebook and Instagram.


24 Responses to “Perfection.”

  1. love love love love …. infinity! You know what's funny I really really do think the before looks better…no lie…I like a little character in my faces ya' know?

  2. yogijulian says:


  3. yogasamurai says:

    You guys are too funny!

    The "before" has tons of make-up, lipstick, lip gloss, eye-shadow, and eye-liner – and there is some cosmetic surgery here, too!

    So what are we actually talking about here exactly? Hmmm?

    Just another case of women (especially) trying to have it both ways, methinks. Welcome to America.

    (Clooney's done some really nice work in the tanning salon).

  4. yogasamurai says:

    Some sites try to humiliate the celebrities not in their usual "get-up." This one seems "fair" – just showing it like it is.….

    Think of how many people would appear "star-like" with so much "work" done on them?

    Obviously, our culture values abstract "beauty" – and other exterior markers – very highly. Women pay enornmous amount of attention to the way a guy dresses – clothese make the man – and grooms, and walks. Shoes? Definitely! "Package"? For many, yes.

    It's been shown that the same women who dress "better" and really make themselves up "better" are more likely to get hired. I've seen studies with the same women at three different levels of "appearance."

    Is this bias – or is there a legitimately perceived relationship between the inner – and the outer? Is the way someone appears also a reflection of self-care, self-esteem, confidence, motivation and ability to "influence" others, etc.

    At what point is it too extreme?

  5. cassandralanesmith says:

    Love this! Thanks, Kate!

  6. Capri says:

    Those people are beautiful in general before and after, they all have really good genes…it wasn't that much of difference. I think that beautiful people can be the not typical looks and of course radiate from inside— but i also see people with really good genes (proportionate, automatically pleasing to the eye,etc) are really beautiful and don't think society trained me that way – i think it's natural. Some people are more beautiful than others, its just the way it is! It's the value we put on it that's out of balance.

  7. uma simon says:

    I like how you put this all together. Very good.

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  10. patri says:

    they were pretty great before as well…

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  12. Joshua says:

    Real life sexy is soooo much more about how you FEEL than how you look. Be the person you feel good about and you will RADIATE beauty! Thanks for the reminder my compassionate friend. If you ever need help naming the constellations in your freckles let me know…

  13. Lori Bell says:

    This is a great piece by Craig Ferguson on the topic of the "Deification of Youth" via marketing agencies and modern media:

    Good for a laugh as well as making a lot of sense, at least to me.

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