A New York based photographer named Danny Evans has put together a collection of Photoshopped images imagining what celebrities might look like if they were overweight, and “ugly,” or, in a word, “normal.” Ewwwwww! It’s so grosssssss! Also what is the pointttttttttt?! He says that the purpose of the project is to look at celebrities in “a different light,” and that it’s his “interpretation of how they might appear if they were never famous.” Sure, I guess. Except that it’s a very specific interpretation. For one thing, every single celebrity immediately gains at least 20 pounds. And all of their clothes come from the same Salvation Army store in 1999. These aren’t celebrities as normal people, they’re celebrities as caricatures of normal people. You might need a $147,000 beauty regimen administered by professionals to look like Jennifer Aniston on the cover of a magazine, but you don’t need that much money to look healthy and put together. It’s just a little bit confusing! I think a much more interesting exercise would actually be to take “normal” people and put them through the same celebrity machine and see how great they come out looking on the other side. A project like that would expose the celebrity-industrial complex as the fraud factory that it is, while also proving that normal people have their own inherent beauty that can be exploited and airbrushed into flawless fiction rather than some weird, misguided excuse for using the CS4 “fat tool.” Ugh. Art! Always the worst!

Comments (34)
  1. This is really just a way to get back at celebrities for looking “nice” and is really just a bitter project.

  2. If you clink on the link and follow the trail of clues that Gabe has left for us… you will be rewarded with THIS!!!

  3. I wish I had something witty or valuable to add.

    But I just wanted to say that I think that Gabe has exactly the correct take on this and made really good points.

    The only thing uglifying pretty people accomplishes is in some way brings attention to the fact that 1.) they are so pretty that you need photoshop to make them not be sooooo much better than you, and 2.) that the artist thinks that normal people are fat and poor dressers (and that by extension since he puts some effort into his appearance he is practically a celebrity (ooooo so much social status he has!)(let’s all be pretty like him and celebrities))

    • Yeah. Glob knows I make my share of dumb, poorly made photoshops but that’s ridiculous but why are they in a professional-looking online portfolio?

      • Anyways, stay tune for my next installation, Famous People With Dicks Drawn on Their Faces where I unveil the phallic war dance that is celebrity culture… or something.

        • I was think about doing a series of digital paintings of stick figures with celebrity dicks drawn on their faces.

          So I am glad we are kind of in the same place creatively right now. I am positive the Phallicist movement will be very influential culturally.

  4. Why does Jay-Z look the same?

  5. This is very similar to my hobby of photoshopping the clothes off of celebrities, except that nobody ever wants to publish mine. It hardly seems fair.

  6. No comment on this?????

  7. Looks like he did one for Gabe, you guys.

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      • I have no idea what you’re talking about. I’ve had this avatar for a while now. If you’re referring to Halloween, my avatar’s costume was the white-washed poster for the blaxploitation film SAVAGE!


        • Ahhhh I thought you looked different but it was clearly the same photo so I was really thrown. I’m sorry I didn’t get your costume :(

          • Don’t sweat it. It’s a really deep cut of a blaxploitation film.

            What’s really crazy is that the original poster that is my avatar is false advertising, in that James Iglehardt NEVER wears those clothes in the film that he’s wearing in the poster.

            And then that bizarre white James Iglehardt poster with the new title ‘Concerto De Fuego’ is DOUBLY-false, in that James Iglehardt is not a white man, nor does he wear what that dude is wearing in the poster. Just bizarre.

    • I’m happy with sweet nothingness. Thanks though!

  9. What the hell with this one:

    It’s pretty much just brangelina photoshopped onto an 80s couple, who are probably very nice innoffensive people who just want to make their way in the world today, maybe worrying about the status of their retirement funds and whether their daughter will be able to find a job when she graduates college. And even if they are assholes who eat kitten bruschetta for brunch, it’s still dirty pool to hold them up as HEEEEEDIOUS normal people who have not won the genetic lottery

    • Angelina’s head is three sizes too small for her body. And her face is still exactly the same.

      This one is just lazy and bad.

  10. I would hope that this version of Jennifer Aniston would be like Fat Schmidt from New Girl and call SmartWater “FartWater”.

  11. I didn’t think I could like this blog any more and then you go ahead and link the SNEETCHES!? Brilliant.

    My little sister had (has) a deformed belly button from a birth defect and my dad would read this to her (and us) to make her feel better and called her his Star-Belly Sneetch. Thanks for the reminder.

  12. I don’t know who the people are in at least three of those photos. Does that make me uncool?

  13. Oh my God!!! I look just like Kany…..

    Oh. :(

  14. Also, as a regular people who finds regular people attractive…these aren’t the regular people I know and love and sometimes sneak flirty glances and smiles but don’t have the stones to actually follow up and say hello to on public transportation. Might just be me though.

  15. Did anyone else thing fat ugly normal Jennifer Aniston looks like Christina Applegate?

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