Above: British Politician Caroline Dinenage had her teeth whitened, wrinkles airbrushed and face widened for a recent billboard. On the left is a previously released version of her publicity photo, and on the right is the Shopped version that ran on the billboard.
From the Daily Mail…
Following the controversy over apparently airbrushed posters of ‘baby-faced’ party leader David Cameron, the Conservatives last night admitted Miss Dinenage had benefited from digital enhancement – to make her ‘more attractive’.
Unfortunately for the 38-year-old – whose father is ITV newsreader Fred Dinenage – an untouched version of the photograph had already been distributed, showing an attractive mother-of-two with natural laughter lines around her eyes and slightly uneven teeth.
But on the billboard greeting drivers on the A32 leading into the constituency of Gosport, Hampshire, Miss Dinenage has been transformed.
Gone are the laughter lines, her teeth seem whiter and more even, while her face appears to have become more rounded.
The digital makeover was initially denied by Miss Dinenage, who hopes to replace outgoing MP Sir Peter Viggers – notorious for his duck island expenses claim. ‘By virtue of the fact it’s so big it’s slightly pixelated,’ she insisted. ‘It does look different but it’s not airbrushed.’
But her assistant Glenn Duggan admitted the image had been changed without her knowledge, adding: ‘It has been done to make it more visually attractive for a billboard. Of course, she is attractive anyway.’
Experts said last night the airbrushing around the mouth and eyes was ‘obvious’.
Yeah, that is pretty obvious. Does Miss Dinenage even know what something looks like when it is “slightly pixelated”? Because I am betting from her defense she does not. (Sidebar for Christine: Pixelation won’t remove wrinkles and completely change your teeth. Nor will it widen your face.)
You know, I can understand the teeth fixing and the wrinkle removing, but the face widening? Since when does a fatter face = “more visually attractive”?
Man, I gotta move to the UK!