These days, Photoshop is almost synonymous with celebrities. Nearly every magazine and advertisement sharpen, brighten, smooth and slim the figures that grace the glossy covers and mega-sized billboards. The problem has gotten so bad that there’s even a bill before Congress to stem the flow of fake photos. But what happens when you do the opposite? In 2006, at a time when Paris Hilton was the pinnacle of pop culture, LA-based artist Danny Evans “was getting frustrated with seeing all of these over-Photoshopped images of celebrities,” he told The Daily Beast. So he decided to use the industry’s own “beautification” tool to create a new spin on the critique. Instead of tiny waists and perfectly even skin tones, he gave his famous subjects a complete make-under, transforming their bodies into a more “normal” standard—ones without the advantages of Hollywood’s glitz, glamour, and wealth. No personal trainers. No $2k-a-day beauty regimens. Just good ol’ home-grown American splendor.
Here, a more homely Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.