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What do you think about airbrushing pictures?

Girl guide talks about airbrushed images

Guides want airbrushed pics labelled

The Girl Guides are launching a campaign to get airbrushed pictures of celebs and models clearly labelled.

They say seeing shots of the stars always looking picture perfect can make girls feel bad about themselves, so they want it made clearer when images have been altered.

But what do you think? Do you feel pressure about the way you look because of images in magazines?

Would it make a difference if you knew which photos of your fave celebs had been touched up?

Maybe you think airbrushing should be stopped altogether? Or should we just not worry about what we see in papers and magazines?

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"I think that airbrushing should be clearly labelled because if we ban it then a magazine could be full of ugly pictures. But if we don't label it then it can make people feel bad about themselves and the way that they look."

Amal, 11, Berkshire, England

"Airbrushing is not fair because you feel bad about yourself and how you are - and it makes the person look perfect when actually they're not!"

Holly, 11, Liverpool, England

"I think that airbrushing should be clearly labelled or even banned. It makes people think that they are ugly."

George, 13, Devon, England

"I think that there is nothing wrong with airbrushed pictures, however it is wrong that it doesn't say that they are airbrushed. It should be labelled for all to see."

Bethan, 12, Swansea, Wales

"I think its just stupid. They want people to think a product's great, so they lie. They want you to think they're perfect when they're not. They should label it, because then kids won't have as much pressure to look good."

Teresa, 12, London, England

"I think that there should be no airbrushed photos at all."

Alexandra, 11, Leicestershire, England

"I don't think airbrushing should be done because it makes us feel bad about the way we look compared to celebrities. They should show how they really look after using the advertised product."

Lianne, 9, East Sussex, England

"Celebrities only look so beautiful in magazines because they are covering up bits of themselves that are ugly. No one is perfect, even celebrities!"

Tilly, 14, London, England

"Airbrushing photos is just silly. Why not get someone who wants a makeover and put them in the magazine, instead of airbrushed people, because it makes others insecure."

Louise, 9, Staffordshire, England

"Airbrushed photos in magazines should be labelled, because it makes girls, and some boys, insecure about their image."

Abi, 12, Liverpool, England

"I think that if people are airbrushed then they should be labelled, but not banned. We should just be shown that they are airbrushed and that we shouldn't be comparing ourselves to them."

Phoebe, 11, Yorkshire, England

"I think airbrushing should be clearly labelled so that kids and teenagers are not encouraged to try and become the image of 'perfect' that they see in magazines."

Felicia, 12, Cheshire, England

"I kind of agree and I don't because if any superstar has a wart or something then they don't want the whole world to know about it! But if you don't have warts and look amazing, then you don't need the help of looking more beautiful."

Freya, 9, Surrey, England

"It's not natural. It's not a real picture. It's not a real person."

Courteney, 9, Greater Manchester, England

"So, the stars themselves aren't happy with how they look, are they? I mean, if they have to airbrush them they can't be happy enough! It's stupid."

Xania, 14, Hampshire, England

"I think the pictures should be labelled because otherwise teenagers might think, 'Oh they look perfect, I need to lose some weight and look just like them.'"

Lola, 10, Brussels, Belgium

"Airbrushing is completely useless. I don't even understand why they do it!"

Molly, 8, Birmingham, England

"I agree with these girls. In life you want to see people, not models that have been airbrushed."

Hannah, 10, Birmingham, England

"I think that airbrushed pictures of celebrities are not good because children might copy them."

Amal, 12, West Midlands

"It's not right and it's putting more pressure on young people (mostly girls)."

Emily, 12, Telford, England

"I think it's bad because it's not you, it's something else. The fact is that it's fake."

Gema, 13, London, England

"They should be banned altogether, even if they are labelled."

Danielle, 12, East Sussex, England

"It is stupid because the models are afraid to show who they really are and it makes us feel bad."

Natalie, 12, Derby, England

"I think that it should stop because it makes people my age want to look like them."

Laura, 12, Glasgow, Scotland

"It's not natural. It's not a real picture. It's not a real person."

Courtney, 9, Lancashire, England

"I think that its really wrong. They are making themselves look thinner!! They cover up blemishes because they are ashamed. You don't have to be perfect!"

Yasmin, 11, Crewe, England

"I think it's good to take a stand."

Alex, 11, Staffordshire, England

"I don't like airbrushing. It can make people feel bad about their appearance. It should stop completely."

Rachael, 11, Crewe, England

"It is hard enough being a teenager and growing up with exams and conflicts in families than having to worry about how we look. I think they should be labelled because we have enough pressure at the moment as it is!"

Katie, 14, Essex, England

"Airbrushing is pointless in my opinion. They make people look too thin and too perfect! No-one is perfect. I think it should be stopped, or at least labelled."

Bethy, 13, Brittany, France

"The models in the pictures are picked because they look good, so what's the point of airbrushing them? The pictures should definitely be labelled, if they're airbrushed at all. Seeing pictures that have been made to look good doesn't make me personally feel bad about myself, but I can understand why it can, and for that reason I think it should be stopped."

Cate, 12, West Sussex, England

"I think it is wrong to airbrush celebs because it is taking away their natural look."

Molly, 12, Essex, England

"I think people being airbrushed is putting a lot of pressure on girls. You are who you are and nobody's perfect."

Holly, 10, County Durham, England

"We should just stop worrying because we are only kids and should be enjoying our childhood."

Summer, 11, UK

"No one is the same, so what's the point in worrying? Being different makes everyone more interesting!"

Scarlet, 14, London, England

"It would definitely make a difference if I knew which celebs had been changed because I feel a lot of pressure to look attractive and this would reduce the problem considerably."

Megan, 14, Norfolk, England

"I think that pictures should be labelled if the models are airbrushed, because people are saying they want to look like them, when really they don't actually look like that! Nobody can look perfect."

Hannah, 13, UK

"I think that when celebs are put in magazines they shouldn't be airbrushed! I makes them look fake! The worst thing is you can tell, the skin is so smooth and clear with no spot or blemishes, the lips are a perfect shape and no chaps or cold sores, their eyes are full of colour and don't look natural! If they are airbrushed then it should be labelled clearly to show that is it! They should not be making people feel bad about themselves when they see celebs that look picture perfect!"

Chloe, 10, Chesterfield, England

"Well, it's alright if the person has very noticeable spots and blemishes but some recent airbrush photos I've seen look alien. What's the point in changing your whole body when it's fine? It'll put pressure on girls who might think 'Oh no, this boy I like isn't going to like me if I'm ugly.' Ugly, according to most girls I know, is normal and honestly, boys like natural girls more than fake tanned plastic girls."

Ocean, 13, London, England

"I think all celebs are fake and ugly without make-up, that's why they need their photos to be airbrushed!"

Lara, 10, London, England

"I think the Guides have had a great idea. I'm a Guide, and I think it's one of the most important issues in Britain for young girls and teens."

Stephanie, 12, Edinburgh, Scotland

"Just the other day my friend showed me a picture of the stunning Cheryl Cole and told me that was the look she was trying to achieve. She tried everything, but she couldn't look like Cheryl in the picture. My mum told me that these celebrities have their hair and make-up professionally done and their photos are airbrushed, and we wouldn't be expected to look in the least bit like them. I say stop these airbrushed pictures completely!"

Lauren, 11, Buckinghamshire, England

"I think airbrushing is bad and shouldn't be done because it tricks people into thinking celebs in magazines are perfect when they're not."

Dolly, 12, Rochester, England

"Magazines airbrush models to make them seem more attractive, therefore sell more. If the models weren't airbrushed then they wouldn't be hired so often. However, I disagree with airbrushing because it puts pressure on girls - and increasingly, men. It should be very clear if a picture has been altered and the Guides campaign should be supported."

Garibaldi, 13, Norfolk, England

"I think they should airbrush photos but they should put a sticker on the magazine or newspaper so girls don't compare themselves to the airbrushed photos!"

Kirsty, 12, Glasgow, Scotland

"It sucks. People are made out to look better or worse than they are in reality, putting pressure on the people that look up to them."

Sophie, 11, Luton, England

"I think it puts us under a lot of pressure and makes us think negative thoughts about ourselves, but that doesn't mean that celebs shouldn't do it. I personally think that it should be labelled in small print at the very bottom."

Sophia, 11, Milton Keynes, England

"This is a good idea because boys don't have to go through all this trouble, so why should girls? It is not fair!"

Scarlet, 14, Bristol, England

"I think its wrong. They should be able to show their real body without getting changed into something they're not!"

Ellie, 11, Worcestershire, England

"Why do celebs even want to change? It is pointless anyway!"

Abigail, 14, London, England

"I think airbrushed pictures should be clearly labelled. The Guides have come up with a fantastic campaign idea because then it would bring reality to all photos!"

Zehra, 13, Peterborough, England

"I think airbrushing should be banned because it makes people feel more self-conscious about the way they look."

Raj, 11, Birmingham, England

"I think that airbrushing is fine! I don't think that it puts pressure on girls to look good. Airbrushing is important, as it is an advertising method. Would someone really buy products if the person modelling them looked horrible?"

Rachael, 14, London, England

"Magazines try to make their models as tanned and as gorgeous as they can but they don't think about their audience. If airbrushing is used it should be clearly labelled."

Lucy, 11, Essex, England

"I think the photos should be labelled to show if celebrities have been airbrushed because it makes children self-conscious."

Yinka, 12, Reading, England

"I think it's wrong because normal people will look at them and think, 'Oh I'm so ugly, I wish I looked like that,' when in fact most models and singers actually look like normal people when they're not airbrushed!"

Zara, 13, London, England

"I think it is wrong to airbrush models because it gives a false idea about what somebody looks like and, because the person looks so perfect, it gives a whole new outlook on what a 'perfect' person looks like. This is morally wrong. We should all be happy in our own skin and be shown REAL people in our magazines and adverts."

Hannah, 12, Preston, England

"I don't like airbrushing because people could spend ages changing how they look when they could be doing other things like playing or studying."

Caitlin, 12, West Yorkshire, England

"I think the photos should be labelled but maybe not on the actual photos. Maybe the magazines could have a page on the back telling people which photos have been airbrushed and which haven't? Otherwise it may affect the magazine's look and it won't appeal to people that much."

Anna, 14, Edinburgh, Scotland

"I think it is a good idea labelling altered celebs in magazines because it would put less pressure on girls to look pretty. Celebrities are supposed to be setting an example to us and them being airbrushed doesn't make them very good role models."

Amber, 12, London, England

"I know it's hard but we should try to ignore what we see in newspapers and magazines. In my opinion, some celebs are not proper humans because they are changed so much they are not the same person. Do you want to look like that?"

Belle, 13, Stoke-on-Trent, England

"No one looks perfect so I don't see why 'celebs' should look perfect. I think airbrushing should be banned altogether. It's so stupid and shame on the celebs who get airbrushed!"

Hinna, 13, Surrey, England

"I think airbrushed pictures should be clearly labelled because if someone is modelling for a product it could fool people into believing it makes you look like that. Then when you get it, it's totally different to what you expected."

Chloe, 13, England

"I think they should definitely ban all photos that have been airbrushed because most of the time they change people's face and figure so everyone feels really pressured to diet just so they can look like their favourite celebrity. I think the Girl Guides have come up with a fantastic idea of campaigning because then it would bring reality to all photos!"

Eve, 12, Cheshire, England

"I think that celebs' and models' pictures in magazines and other kinds of media should not be edited and only tiny writing saying about it being edited is just as bad. Personally, I don't get influenced by pictures of models or celebs but I know that many girls do. They probably do it to pictures of men as well to make them look broader, but boys just don't get bothered by that kind of things."

Sarah, 12, England

"Every time you pick up a magazine and see a model who has been airbrushed, you feel like you can never be happy with your own body. It's not fair."

Maisie, 12, Angus, Scotland

"I think airbrushing should be stopped altogether because it puts too much pressure on girls to look good."

Mia, 13, Surrey, England

"I think it is a good idea saying which celebrities have been altered because I feel pressured to look like celebrities in magazines."

Fiona, 14, London, England

"I think airbrushing isn't a good idea because it makes young kids like me feel less confident about themselves"

Shona, 11, London, England

"I think that airbrushing is done because editors know that magazines won't sell as well if the people in them aren't of a certain standard. If airbrushing is refused, celebrities and models won't want to have their pictures published for people all over the world to see. I think they should be labelled so that young girls don't feel anxious and bad about themselves."

Emily, 13, Sheffield, England