4 Gifs That Show Just How Subjective Beauty Really Is

Runway ready.

As a professional photo editor, TakePart.com's Lauren Wade says she's come into contact with just about every form of digitally-enhanced slim down imaginable. As the "ideal" waist-to-hip ratio shrinks, we've fallen back on Photoshop to keep our models perfectly "in proportion" — which, in turn, just perpetuates the problem.

Looking at modern magazine covers, it's easy to internalize the idea that beauty has always been defined solely by the ability to shimmy into size 0 skinny jeans, but our obsession with weight loss is actually a recent development. LifeScience pinpoints the turn of the 20th century as the start of a major shift in beauty standards. In contrast, from the Renaissance to the Gilded Age, everyone was really "all about that bass."

To capture just how much things have changed — and just how subjective and restrictive beauty standards are — Wade Photoshopped famous paintings from bygone eras to better meet modern ideals. Check out a few of her reimagined versions below.


Jean Auguste Dominique Ingre's "Grande Odalisque," (1814)

Titian's "Danaë With Eros," (1544)

Raphael's "Three Graces," (1504–1505)

Sandro Botticelli's "Birth of Venus," (1486)


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