A colleague recently received this link to Portrait Professional, software that "has been 'trained' in human beauty."
The site also gives you access to a before and after gallery that is intended to show how easy it is to make subjects more "beautiful". What it really does, for me, is open up a can of worms about what its developers thought was ugly.
Freckles are ugly:
|Before: Real cute|
|After: A RealDoll|
Strong features are ugly:
And the "character"lines of age? Also ugly:
To be frank, the only possible way you can achieve an acceptable standard of beauty is if you get rid of your disgustingly flawed old body altogether and become a Japanese computer animation:
I get it. People want to look more glamorous. But scrubbing their individual beauty away and making them candidates for Photoshop Disasters is not helping in this image-obsessed world we've made.