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How do you feel about airbrushed images?

Left: Airbrushed photo of model Filippa Hamilton Right: How she really looks
Left: Airbrushed photo of model Filippa Hamilton and, right, how she really looks

A study's found that loads of you are unhappy about being surrounded by photos of models and pop stars that have been altered.

Experts say magazines should stop altering pictures of the stars because it makes kids feel negative about how they look.

So we thought, do pictures of skinny models make you worry about your body image? Or perhaps you're happy with the way you look and don't understand why your mates compare themselves to celebs?

Maybe you think magazines are right to get rid of spots and wrinkles but they shouldn't change a model's body shape?

Unfortunately this topic is now closed but there are comments pages on other subjects on the main chat index.

Your comments

"I don't think it's right because it doesn't show who they really are. Even though they get a lot of of pressure being celebs, but they should be happy with who they are and as long as their family and friends love them there's no need for airbrushing. Anyway most of them look better without airbrushing."

Alice, 12, Northampton, England

"I don't think it is any good. The picture above looks terrible and her head is too big for her body but what you have got to remember is there's A LOT of pressure on these celebs to look perfect! But does that make it right?"

Bethan, 12, Swansea, Wales

"I think airbrushing is a waste of time because it doesn't make them look that much different. The picture may look fat but you just gotta love the skin you're in, and you can't change it."

Rachel, 12, London, England

"I don't like airbrushed images because they cover up who you really are. Just be yourself! People should be proud of how they look."

Mary-Ellen, 10, Ireland

"I know that most magazines use airbrushing to make photos look perfect, but I ignore it. It looks unnatural and I think that while it is bad to be overweight, it is also unhealthy to be really thin. The nonchalant attitude lots of magazines have about airbrushing really annoys me. They could be indirectly causing some people to a have major lack of body confidence. Fortunately, I have learnt to be proud of my body and how I look, without comparing myself to celebrities."

Olivia, 13, Bury, England

"I don't look too bad so I can't tell you what it feels like to be fat or short or too tall but I think we shouldn't worry about these things, when there are wars going on!"

Riona, 11, Ireland

"I don't like airbrushed images because they cover up who you really are. Just be yourself!!!"

Alexandra, 10, Dunblane, Scotland

"I think it's silly airbrushing photos, people should be proud of their bodies and that can't happen when their pictures have been altered. If I saw a picture of me like that in a magazine I wouldn't be happy."

Ailies, 12, Kent, England

"I think airbrushing is pointless. Famous people have far too much money spent on beauty. Why can't people just be happy with the way they look, instead of altering themselves?"

Miranda, 10, Glasgow, Scotland

"I don't mind airbrushed images if it's just to cover up a spot or something but they shouldn't always make celebrities look flawless because kids will then feel bad about themselves."

Lydia, 12, UK

"I don't think models should be airbrushed because it makes me and my mates feel that we aren't pretty and need to wear make-up. I believe in natural beauty and so should magazines!"

Kate, 12, Halton, England

"I think that they set a bad example because girls want to look like something which doesn't exist."

India, 10, London, England

"I don't think celebrities should be airbrushed because there is no point when people can see what they really look like when they are outside of the studio! It's a waste of money and puts a lot of pressure on young women."

Emily, 14, Scotland

"I think that it's stupid to airbrush bodies, maybe OK to airbrush a little cut or spot but the airbrushed picture looks stupid! She looks skinny and her head looks too big! Her hair is too unnatural."

Flo, 13, London, England

"She looks good airbrushed because her skin looks good, and she looks good not airbrushed because she's browner. I don't get the skinny bit because she's not that skinny in real life or on the right picture? I love the look of fake but she looks good both ways, girls don't need to try and look like people out of magazines. Everyone's different in their own way. There isn't just one look that everyone has to be like. Airbrushed isn't even bad it just makes better advertising for models and people shouldn't feel negative about how they look. If you're young you need to have fun and stop worrying, it's only pictures."

Barbie, 14, USA

"I think it is OK to airbrush a small spot on someone's face but when models are airbrushed to make them look thinner they just look unreal and ill. It makes girls feel under pressure to be thin."

Freya, 10, Devon, England

"Why do models need to be airbrushed. Aren't models supposed to look good without being airbrushed?"

Lili, 13, Oxford, England

"It annoys me cos they are so FAKE!"

Alisha, 10, London, England

"I don't mind airbrushed images. I mean they don't make me think I look bad I just think it's gross and sick and so weird that they make them that skinny."

Grace, 11, USA

"I think that airbrushed images are OK but sometimes they take it too far, It depends on the magazine and model."

Bethanie, 12, Herefordshire, England

"That airbrush is horrible. That size is dangerous on the left but a little airbrushing like a spot is kind of OK. That airbrush is so bad I can't think of a word for it. That waist is about 10cm I'd say."

Bethany, 10, London, England

"I think airbrushing has a number of negative effects; it doesn't reflect how the model actually looks, so all their natural beauty is down the drain, along with how they really look. It is unnatural, as it only gives people the idea that in order to be beautiful, you have to be perfect, which is an impossibility. Nobody is perfect, and it makes everyone feel horrible about how they look - all over pictures which aren't even real anyway."

Alicia, 13, Surrey, England

"I think these images are just FAKES! Obviously if you've got OK eyes you can immediately spot the fact that it's not real but there are just some people out there with crazy ideas that being too skinny is the new look! These people make weird beliefs into reality and these impacts on children make them vulnerable to scam artist who make a fortune by selling fake slimming products!"

Annie, 9, London, England

"I think people should stop airbrushing pictures as they are somebody's body being changed. People are fine the way they are, not everyone is perfect and so they shouldn't make them seem so. It makes others feel bad about the way they look. None of you would like it if someone took a picture of you and said that you're too fat or your ears are too pointy, it's just wrong and harsh. Half the people who do this aren't even close to the beauty of those in the pictures."

Jessica, 10, London, England

"Why should you? You look a lot better with a spot or something different about you because that signifies what you are!!"

Rabiat, 12, West Sussex, England

"I just think it's wrong because a spot or something is not a big thing to get upset over. Like I wouldn't say 'Eeuuughh there's a spot on her face burn the magazine!'"

Shabnam, 10, Cambridgeshire, England

"I think that it's really bad to airbrush images because it makes all celebrities look perfect, and children who read magazines think that they are ugly or fat."

Mireya, 11, Coventry, England

"Airbrushing was in my magazine lately accompanied by real life pictures and yes some airbrushed photos are a lot better but some looked better in real life."

Heather, 10, Musselburgh, Scotland

"Airbrushing makes you try and look perfect, it makes you pile on make up and young people feel they have to diet."

Georgia, 12, County Durham, England

"I think it's stupid! Anyway who would want to look that thin?!"

Estella, 11, Berkshire, England

"I think it's ridiculous. She looks healthy on the real picture, she just looks fake and ill airbrushed. It's okay if you don't normally get spots and you get one out of the blue, that's fine to airbrush, but it just proves you're insecure about yourself if you think it's cool to be airbrushed."

Litera, 12, Cheshire, England

"I think that it is really bad to put airbrushed images in magazines because it does not look natural."

Hannah, 12, Galway, Ireland

"Airbrushing is bad. A person should show how they really look. Anyway looks aren't what's important it is the inside that counts!!!"

Aoibh, 9, Derry, Ireland

"I think it's good to take away blemishes but I don't think you should airbrush your body size."

Lizzie, 13, Nottingham, England

"I think air brushing's good and bad because it can be good if the model has a MASSIVE spot on her nose which she doesn't really want people to see. But it can be bad because it makes people feel bad about themselves."

Kath, 12, Berkshire, England

"I think air brushing is really mean on young kids because they believe it that it's normal to look perfect. Also some models don't need airbrushing."

Grace, 11, London, England

"Let's be honest guys, how would you like to be in a magazine looking awful and spotty etc?"

Lydia, 13, Norwich, England

"I think it's really bad that models are airbrushed because they look pretty without it."

Lottie, 9, Lancashire, England

"I don't get why models don't accept that they don't need to be airbrushed and they should just stay natural, it would look so much better. That model looks sickly thin."

Jess, 12, London, England

"I agree with the experts. I saw a programme about airbrushing presented by Alesha Dixon, and I think that it is unnecessary. It sends out a bad message to people."

Alice, 12, Essex, England

"It makes me feel bad. I look at pictures of teens and think, why do they have perfect skin and I have spots?"

Bonnie, 13, Surrey, England

"I think it's just stupid because it makes the models sad to see they pictures of themselves altered. People shouldn't worry about their weight too much. I would prefer if all the magazine companies swapped underweight, unconfident models with some meatier, healthier ones with a REAL body. Don't you think that airbrushed picture of Filippa looks WAY too skinny?"

Joanna, 11, Colchester, England

"I think that it is really silly to airbrush images. People worry about their bodies enough, worrying that they are not normal. So to have pictures where the people look very abnormal it just puts pressure on you. Why can't average looking people model as well?"

Jasmine, 13, UK

"I think it is fair enough for magazines to airbrush out spots or small things like that, because they aren't massively obvious. But when they alter their body shape that's not alright! The woman in the example at the top of this page doesn't look normal in the airbrushed photo!"

Eve, 14, Gloucestershire, England

"I think it's probably affected my self-esteem. I'm not overweight, but I'm not skinny, and even though I KNOW I'm not overweight, reading these magazines makes me feel it. I also feel really spotty and ugly when I see pictures of people's faces airbrushed."

Izzy, 13, Essex, England

"I think that airbrushed images should not be allowed. They should show the models faces as they really are, so people don't feel bad about their looks."

Ben, 11, Tewkesbury, England

"Airbrushing photos of celebrities is stupid, because it creates an image of the celebrity that's total false, and isn't what they look like, or would ever look like! And it just upsets girls because they see the image and want to look like that, even though it would be impossible to look like that naturally."

Alice, 14, Worcester, England

"It's OK to airbrush things like spots, but to make people look thinner would make you feel bad."

Rebecca, 11, Fife, England

"I think it's a good idea to get rid of airbrushing pictures in magazines. It put's a lot of presser on children to look good, especially girls. Many girls wear to much make up to look like there favourite celeb. This makes children be negative about how they look. There is no need, it's what's inside that counts."

Elisa, 13, Cardiff, Wales

"When I see perfect looking celebrities and models in magazines, I feel imperfect and not as pretty as them."

Amy, 10, Surrey, England

"Airbrushing a picture is possibly deceitful. It makes people believe people they can have perfect skin etc. If it's just a few adjustments, then yeah, fine. But changing a model's body shape is over the top."

John, 11, Coventry, England

"I don't mind it but airbrushed makes me unhappy too!"

Ruby, 9, London, England

"I just hate it, they are not showing who models really are! It's not the figure but the fashion which is important!!!"

Fatima, 11, Southampton, England

"I think it's bad to airbrush images because it's unhealthy. Therefore it sends the wrong message to children."

Quella, 13, Middlesex, England

"I used to be unhappy about my image but all my friends have helped me and I don't worry anymore."

Katie, 11, Cardiff, Wales

"I suffer with acne and seeing all these celebs with perfect skin, it makes me feel bad. It makes me feel fat too. I'd love to see how Miley Cyrus or Demi Lovato really looked."

Katie, 12, Warrington, England

"I think they should stop airbrushing because whenever I read my fashion mag I worry about how I look."

Nicole, 7, Leicestershire, England

"I think it is really stupid, mean and horrible. I think it is just a way to make you skinny and fake!!"

Hinna, 12, Surrey, England

"I don't think that they should alter their shapes but I don't think getting rid of a spot really matters."

Kate, 12, Scarborough, England

"I hate it. I find it horrible that people are made to look 'perfect'. Sure, I'm not bothered about a little bit, but perfect pictures annoy me and make me feel bad."

Heather, 13, Yorkshire, England

"I think that magazines definitely shouldn't change the model's body shape and they shouldn't really get rid of spots and wrinkles either."

Nanci, 12, Newcastle, England

"I feel really good to know that they are really not what they show. All the celebrities look perfect so I feel relieved."

Anika, 10, London, England

"I feel that airbrushing is the wrong way to go with magazines. When you read a magazine it sets you an example of what being healthy looks like - being size zero is definitely NOT healthy. If somebody is reading the magazine and they are a perfectly normal size they will think that they are overweight when they are not. I feel strongly about banning airbrushed models from magazines and TV shows."

Anna, 10, England

"I think people should be happy in how they look and not have to be re-mastered to be how someone else wants them to be."

Iona, 11, England

"I hate airbrushing because people are beautiful in their own way and pictures above are really bad. I hate the whole idea of air brushing."

Chloe, 12, Bedfordshire, England

"I don't think that pictures in magazines should be airbrushed because sometimes it makes the people in them look fake and plastic. I also think that you should have pictures of what you really look like and not what people think that you should look like."

Heather, 12, Somerset, England

"Skinny models don't make me feel negative because if you are too skinny you could die from it. Being of average weight makes you feel healthier and happier, so I prefer to be myself! It's okay if you get rid of the spots but you shouldn't change their body because it does sometimes make you want to be like them and then eat less and be as skinny as them which is not a healthy turn!"

Emily, 11, Manchester, England

"The airbrushed photo does not even look human. I mean that's over the top and by the way she looks much better in real life."

Fatima, 12, Leicester, England

"It's not the fact that they have been altered that affects me, it's the fact that they promote being 'skinny' as the way they are supposed look, therefore causing eating disorders."

Sam, 14, Kent, England

"I think it is wrong to airbrush people to make them look better. I think they should leave the pictures they take the way they are!!"

Meg, 9, Scotland

"I hate models etc being airbrushed. I think people should be happy with how their bodies are in real life. Who is the model in the picture trying to kid?"

Colette, 12, Glasgow, Scotland

"I don't mind these pictures - We (me and my class) have been learning that not everything in the magazines are real. So yes, I don't think they should disappear from mags because maybe someone likes the clothes that they wear."

Roksana, 10, Edinburgh, Scotland

"I think that it makes all these people look anorexic and ill. It makes me feel sick. There's a video on YouTube showing you the process on the computer."

Megan, 11, Surrey, England

"I don't think people should airbrush pictures because people then feel insecure and think they're not pretty when they probably are, and they shouldn't say that about themselves. But I think the pictures are way too skinny to be a person. She must have not eaten for a year."

Eireann, 10, Kent, England

"I think they shouldn't, because when the person sees them, they look really slim but when they see what they actually look like, they will think they have put on tonnes of weight."

Lucy, 10, Manchester, England

"I don't mind, the celebs look really nice and trendy in outfits, they're really lucky. But when you think about it we are too. We have family who love us and help us."

Rubie, 11, UK

"I think it's good because they look well and girls have a goal to get to! Though I do think they should say if they have airbrushed an image so girls know!"

Ben, 13, Edinburgh, Scotland

"I think it looks really disgusting, I think you should model natural beauty and nothing fake!"

Martha, 12, East Sussex, England

"I think that airbrushed images are a scam and should stop. I know its been going on for a while but it can have a big effect on people thinking that they look bad."

Jake, 12, Devon, England