different from the photo. Maybe the biggest difference is skin conditions. Because my skin doesn’t have any blemishes in selfies. It looks smooth and bright.” She added. Siyuan Du is a selfie lover, “I always use MeiTu to smooth my skin and get rid of the acne. And sometimes my eyes’ size looks different, so I will retouch it to make them look the same size.” She said. BeautyPlus and MeiTu which were launched by Meitu Inc are very popular photo-editing apps in Asia. The former one provides users with “one-touch” beauty feature so that users could instantly retouch their selfies. The latter one gives users access to professional tools, frames, effects and filters to edit photos and was selected as one of iTunes top 10 apps of the year.
People chooses various apps and do different things with their selfies, but their common goal is turning selfies into ideal conditions. Is that really important for people to post their edited selfies on social media? The answer is yes for some people. Rankin who is a fashion photographer conducted a project and the result confirmed the damage of editing selfies. He photographed 15 teenagers and let them edited their selfies until they thought the selfie was ‘social media ready’. Then he found that no one left their selfies unedited. “I have no courage to show the original version of my selfies on social media because I’m not confident about my appearance.” Qian Wang told me. “I feel more confident after editing selfies before posting.” Siyuan Du also said. Owing to the lack of self-confidence in appearance, editing selfies is an indispensable way to eliminate the part that make selfies lovers diffident on their face and body. But the lack of self-confidence is the ostensible reason of editing selfies as a study shows the root cause is social comparison.
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- Fall '19
- Copy editing, selfies