The skewed vision of beauty through the use of digital enhancement programs has increasingly been exposed. Now, a Hungarian singer put her bare face on display to show in real time how such enhancement might look as it completely transforms her appearance before our very eyes, spurring questions about “real beauty” and its perception.
Csemer Bolglarka, who goes by “Boggie,” sings her new song, “Parfum,” as the footage shows her getting a digital makeover that leaves her looking uncannily like Kate Middleton, England’s duchess of Cambridge.
The blog Kotaku pointed out that the video credits include visual effects, make-up and post production, making it “highly likely that this is [computer graphics] and not quite our inevitable real-time digital retouching future.” Meaning, a program like Photoshop that could edit in real-time, as this video alludes to, is still likely yet to come.
The enhancement cleans up spots and dark circles on her face, takes care of wayward hairs, thins her neck, lighten her skin tone, makes her eyes the same size and shape, changes her hair color and more.
The whole video, according to Design Boom “brings to light the controversy regarding society’s traditional notions of an aesthetically acceptable and pleasing person.”
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Still, Brian Ashcraft for Kotaku wrote, “the finished video is both amazing and unsettling — and that’s probably the point.”
Boggie posted her video on YouTube in December but it has just started getting play for its digital enhancement angle.