Many people often criticize geneticists for playing G-d due to gene experimentation like cloning. However, aren’t media artists also playing G-d and with greater potential for dehumanization?
The images of models in ads are touched up, painted, pixilated, altered, airbrushed, etc. They are created into people who do not exist but whose images will impact millions to aspire towards a standard of beauty that is ultimately unreachable because it is unrealistic. Why do we do this to ourselves and to each other? What stops us from embracing our own inner and outer beauty? Rather than botoxing and image-editing who we are, why can’t we embrace the laugh-lines and wrinkles that reveal the lives we’ve lived? Why are we so scared of our own faces? Rather than trying to reach unrealistic standards of beauty, why not reach out and embrace the real and really beautiful person in the mirror?