Speaking from work wise. Everybody wants a nice picture and retouching is not bad at all. Every single image you see all compare to the last image that was taken. Every single beauty shot in store is retouched to some degree. The over-all shoot consist mostly of
lighting equipment + high-res camera + photographer
make-artist + makeup + equipment
location + scout
etc ... horse rangler + gun handler / armorer + food etc etc et cetc
assistants to handle and move camera equipment.
About “The media and magazines have exposed our marketplace to people that are well groomed and well cared for,”
I am going to say this and make it clear. Most of those people are little being used for sex from birth. They are human-trafficked individuals. With fake records, the same people who scam people out of money because they think they are too beautiful. Some of them ( some ) are being held hostage and groomed into this life, while others have considered suicide over the alternative ( real work ). They do not want to settle down and in comparison flying around all over the place, sleeping around in somebodies mansion is how they live. Only a small amount of them actually are hard working people with heads on their shoulders. Only a small amount of them are actually real human beings. The unrealistic reality of these peeps are. It is a vicious repetitive cycle ( even gays ).
How does this work ? Some wealthy person with more money then money itself. I am talking about waterfalls of money. Not a person who worked hard, not a person made it big. Not a person who owns chains of small businesses. Not criminals, not organized crime, or not syndicates.
Rich kids - They have the mentality of somebody who plays too much videogames, watch rap-videos, and gets high on drugs too often. President Biden Son falls into this area, but I am not even talking about this person at all.
I mean people like princes, princesses, or even those who inherit their parents money. Think Charles Foster Cain, and so forth. THAT IS HOW THE MONEY FLOWS. They are called "The Happy Few" ( like the videogame ).
The reality people have jobs thanks to these people. Not just stylists, photographers, makeup artists, coordinators, security ( mostly ex-military), cleaners, hotels, chefs.
They use these people to open their brands AND WE PAY FOR IT ALL. We pay for everything. Your products in the bathroom and morning mirror, your electronics, and even Disney world, to Nascar, and NFL, NBL, etc we are paying for it.
You could see it around you. There is a pattern. Every single big blockbuster cinema film, every single service that saves you money in any way. All for one purpose.
If we humans actually had heads on our shoulders we all would just study to become medical sciences to solve problems ( not make money ), stop buying/eating garbage, and actually work towards using natural energy and make goods that extends our lives.
See that show on Broadway with the dancers who legs you see. All paid for by Medicaid, medicare, tax dollars. Meanwhile that persons spouse is sleeping with every other person that is willing to do it with them.
I am not against a good picture. However I know what good images are.