This article was a suggestion by my good friend Lauren. Celebrities, and the industry around them, are often accused of producing images that affect young people’s body image. Which is why it’s so refreshing to see one of the world’s most famous pop stars allowing all of their imperfections to be highlighted. Britney Spears has allowed the pre-airbrushed images from a shoot she took part in for fashion firm Candie’s to be used ALONGSIDE the digitally-altered ones, so people can see the difference. The 29-year-old singer made the extraordinary move in order to highlight the pressure exerted on women to look perfect. Britney Spears retouch comparisonBritney Spears front retouched In the first shot, she is seen facing the camera with her arms behind her back. Imperfections that can be clearly seen in the un-airbrushed shot include blemishes on her calf, her larger thighs and, if you look really closely, you can see her feet have dry skin on them. The airbrushed pictures, however, tell a different story with a slimmed-down waist and flawless, skinny legs. Meanwhile, in the second picture, she is seen from the back – in the un-airbrushed shot she has areas of cellulite on the back of her thighs, a tattoo on her lower back is clearly visible and her backside is a little “out of shape.” Britney Spears back unretouchedBritney Spears back retouched However, in the altered photo all of these imperfections have been wiped out – and she appears to have a pert rear, unrealistically smooth skin, slimmer legs and the tattoo has vanished. A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: ‘Britney is proud of her body – imperfections and all.’ Of the experience, the singer told press: ‘I had so much fun shooting the Candies for Kohl’s campaign. My favorite set-up was against the gigantic wall of pink cotton candy.’ And she added: ‘I got to wear the cutest clothes and they are perfect for summer!’ Article by Daily Mail I think Britney sends a clear message about how even the slightest “imperfections” are scrutinized and covered up. She also reveals that the images seen are often end results of MUCH digital manipulation – something that not everyone realizes. Their self esteem suffers because they are not “perfect” –  an image of perfection that is not actually real at all.