Oh, how the times have changed. Nowadays, women aren't beautiful unless they can fit into a size-0, or so today's media seems to proclaim. While we've grown accustomed to fashion magazines airbrushing and slimming down models to seemingly unattainable and inhuman proportions, women with curves were the standard of beauty back in the olden days. Just see works by painters such as Sandro Botticelli and Raphael as proof. Past artists recognized the beauty in women who would not be readily accepted in today's oftentimes harsh, "skinny world."
To point out the disparity in the beauty ideals of the past and present, TakePart.com senior photo editor Lauren Wade has re-imagined famous paintings as the covers and photo spreads of today's glossies. She took the liquefy tool to paintings such as Botticelli's Birth of Venus and Raphael's Three Graces, turning them into gifs that present before-and-after views. The final products are pretty thought-provoking.