Men Undergo An Intense Photo Shoot To Replicate What Many Women In The Industry Experience

"Stay body positive with the current body you have."

Previously on Buzzfeed's The Try Guys series, the four friends were photoshopped to look like their ideal male body types. After going through the ordeal, they came to the conclusion that they preferred themselves sans modification.

Now, the group is back to find out how women in the fashion and entertainment industries are judged and critiqued during typical photo shoots by being judged and critiqued themselves in the pursuit of that "perfect" shot. 

To try to replicate women's photo shoot experiences, the Try Guys first choose popular photos from pop culture to recreate. They settle on Kim Kardashian's black-and-white desert photo, a Victoria's Secret ad from 2015, a Ralph Lauren ad and a photo of Madonna.


The guys soon discover that unlike recent campaigns such as AerieReal, almost every piece of media we see is altered.

As BuzzFeed's lifestyle editor Chrissy Mahlmeister says in the video, "unless an ad specifically says this has not been photoshopped, I can guarantee it has been photoshopped."

Additionally, Mahlmeister says, those alterations begin infiltrating models' psyches, convincing them they should look like their photoshopped selves in real life.

In the video, a makeup artist instructed to critique and alter their features as he would in a professional photo shoot sits the Try Guys down and begins his work. After 45 minutes in the makeup chair, minor imperfections the guys never even noticed themselves begin to seem like major issues. 

Upon seeing the unrealistic results of the photo shoot, it's clear that the guys feel less comfortable with their unedited, true-to-life photos. One of the guys, Zach Kornfeld, says his normal body is "chubby" and that they need to "take some of the roundness off."

"Imagine being a young girl and having to look at images like this," fellow Try Guy Eugene Lee Yang observes.

But Mahlmeister is quick to reassure them, her words bringing the ultimate message of the video home.

"Stay body positive with the current body you have," she says, adding later, "Where you're at right now is great."

Watch the full video below:


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