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airbrush your little darlings. teach them the rules of the game.

November 20, 2010

in culture,life,wellness

the lead article in the new york times today is one on airbrushing school photos. i’ve no doubt the times is judging this idea.

i know i am.

i paused to consider that some parents want to capture their baby at a distinct moment in time, to share their adorability with others sans scratch, bruise or zit.

then i got back to judging.

first, the parents who begged for and jumped at the chance to airbrush their kids. next, the foul school photo industry for doing anything to make a buck. and finally, and most appropriately, our painfully warped society that leads parents to even consider airbrushing away a cowlick or any other totem of childhood, vexing or not.

the act of airbrushing a school photo doesn’t end with the photo. it lives on to tell a child that external perfection above all is what matters. that their imperfections, their unique qualities, are things to be downplayed. to be erased.

maybe i’m overthinking this (wouldn’t be the first time). maybe it’s wonderful. maybe it’s truly fitting: picture-perfect snapshots to send with the picture-perfect end-of-year essays about what astounding triumphs and travels your family experienced this year.ย an airbrushed photo for an airbrushed life.

nope. i’m not overthinking it.

f

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Frank Roche November 20, 2010 at 2:55 pm

“an airbrushed photo for an airbrushed life.” That is a gorgeous turn of a phrase…and chilling.

I wish I could air brush out the bad 1970s hair and quina shirts I had in high school. But gosh…I’m glad they’re there in picture form.

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fran November 20, 2010 at 6:47 pm

i wouldn’t trade in my polyester danskin matching tops & bottoms for anything. i looked *hot.* ๐Ÿ˜‰

f

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