Remember the days before Photoshop? When we were less obsessed with everything looking less than perfect. Back in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, when our favorite stars relied on their natural beauty and magnetic personalities. When their flaws — like Lauren Hutton’s gapped teeth or Jennifer Grey’s quirky nose — was what made them special. There are lots of reasons to be against Photoshop because itmakes it normal to think there is something wrong with the unique features that are often what make us beautiful. Yet when I saw what Nathen Steffel did with the image-editing tool, it took my breath away.
Nathen’s daughter Sophia was born with hepatic hemangioma, a liver condition that took her life at a mere 6 weeks old. Nathen and his wife had never seen their baby girl without invasive tubes and needles poking in and out of her body. So Nathen went on Reddit and made one request, “Since she was in the hospital her whole life, we never were able to get a photo without all her tubes. Can someone remove the tubes from this photo?” Then the new photos began to flood in. People all over the world used Photoshop to remove the tubes and reveal the beauty, innocence, and grace of baby Sophia. Some drew portraits, some even sent them the works of art in the mail. Nathen and his wife were stunned…
“It helped knowing that others cared enough to stop whatever they were doing in their own lives to either send me a picture or just their condolences,” he told BuzzFeed.
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