A fake image is simply one that isn't real.
With today's technology it is easy - and getting easier - to make an image that looks real. The term "Photoshopped" is pretty much a standard English word now.
Ths obviously means that you have to be very careful when deciding if a picture is real and if what it shows is real. Photshopped images are used a lot in fashion and have a negative impact on peoples own body image.
A lot of the images of people you will see in adverts and glossy magazines have been edited, often to make the person look slimmer, have longer legs, wider hips, a six pack, more muscles etc - basically changed to look closer to some "ideal" that the fashion industry has been pushing for too long. This trend is echoed and amplified on Social media where individual edit their images to make themselves look "perfect". It applies to Men as well as Women.
The problem is it is fake - and humans can not look as good as the fake - the original models didn't look like that when the photo was taken, they couldn't, so why should the rest of us strive for this impossible standard? You shouldn't and doing so can cause real mental health problems.
Note: The "10 eye opening images of celebs..." video is included to show that the models are almost always edited. The video tone seems to suggest the magazines were right to do so - I strongly disagree with this - it feeds into the "You must look perfect" concept, which is just nonsense.
Worrying about your body image?
- Please don't
- Everyone is different so don't compare yourself to other people, especially not to fake images in magazines etc.
- Ignore any negative or mean comments from other people.
- Try writing down 3 things you like about yourself and read it every morning (pin them where you will see them)
- Need more advice or want to talk to someone outside of school - visit Childline.