This Is Real

Maya Tal

Interactive screen based project that criticizes the current standard beauty and excess photoshopping of models.


As part of the Outrage Internship, our project addresses the topic of body image and how outrageous the standard of beauty is created; media companies create and promote unrealistic beauty standards by retouching already very thin models. ThisIsReal aims to take users through the process of retouching by layers several images of ordinary people; users will be able to wipe away the layers on touch screen and watch the layers vanish, quantifying how much work goes into creating a non-realistic person. The project will feature in January 2016 in Times Square as part of the Outrage Machine project.


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