Must-See! Is Beyoncé REALLY Flawless Without Photoshop?

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Surprise: Ads use a lot of Photoshop. Here's what Beyoncé looks like without it.

Beyoncé is flawless (er, ***Flawless). That's pretty much a given. But Beyoncé is also human, so like the rest of us, when exposed to harsh lighting and heavy makeup, she looks slightly less than perfect, which is why people went absolutely batsh*t crazy when unretouched photos of Queen Bey surfaced from a 2013 L'Oréal ad.

Here's the original commercial in which Beyoncé slays you with her beauty but assures you you're worth it, too:

As usual, Beyoncé is classy, beautiful and somehow still relatable. And that's infuriating to some, who think the following photos prove anything beyond what most people with common sense already know: Advertisers like airbrushing things. The following are the unretouched Beyoncé pictures from the L'Oréal shoot where she looks like any other woman would when posing under insanely large, bright lights and wearing what amounts to stage makeup.

Because that's exactly what it is: anyone who's done a photoshoot will tell you that you need to wear a lot more color to define your face and avoid looking washed out from the lights, which can otherwise make you a giant blur without any features. Take it from someone who's been there, albeit on a much smaller scale.

I have a few issues with these allegedly unretouched photos of Beyoncé.

First, why now? These pictures are from 2013. Maybe the Cindy Crawford unretouched pictures are starting a trend for rogue photogs with stuff on their hard drives who are looking for a quick buck to leak them. Who knows?

Second, as someone who's not only been professionally photographed but as someone who also looks at and edits candid paparazzi photos all day, including plenty of photos of Beyoncé, I'm a little dumbfounded by these. In no candid photos of her that I've seen does her skin look remotely close to this: There are barely any lines and never any blemishes. I'm liable to believe that someone with too much time on his or her hands upped the contrast to make whatever flaws she does have stand out, as well as maybe adding a few that weren't there in the first place.

Third, who the f*ck cares? If you don't know by now that magazines, especially ads within them, use Photoshop and a slew of editing tools to make celebrities look better, I honestly don't know how to help you. If it makes you feel better to see other people who look worse, that's an issue you need to take up with yourself and your therapist, because you're insecure. Own it and work on it. You know, when you're not busy filtering your own Instagram selfies into oblivion.

h/t: Elite Daily