Iwanex Studio has a gallery of photo retouching up and I noticed an interesting trend. Besides the normal color tweaking, erasing the freckles and wrinkles, and making the models sizes smaller there seems to be a special service for Latina women. Namely, they get bigger butts.
Altered image on the left, original on the right.
In addition to cleaning up her hair, softening her dimples, making her boobs symmetrical, and removing those pesky ribs, they gave her a bit more oomph in the butt.
Eva Longoria’s thighs/butt is widened (notice how close they are to her arm on the left as opposed to the right) while her stomach is flattened.
May as well include a control image:
Besides the ubiquitous color alterations, they made her smaller everywhere–butt included.
Thanks to the advent of J-Lo, butts are in, well–if you’re ethnic. It’s taken to be a common part of Latina beauty and where it doesn’t exist, they’ll create it. Subtle? Yes. Annoying? Yes.
There seem to be two paths that non white women face in beauty standards and that’s either being contrasted negatively with white beauty or having particular non white features fetishized and emphasized. The body types of Longoria and Cruz would have been perfectly acceptable for white women before the butt tweak, and as you see with Kelly Clarkson, the modified bodies of Cruz and Longoria wouldn’t have flown for a white woman.
Silly. Pointless. Polarizing. Racist.
(Thanks to Amelia for the link.)