Oh, wow — via Amanda Marcotte on Pinterest, this amazing photo project from artist Danny Evans that re-imagines celebrities as ordinary folk without the $$$ or imperative to look fabulous. It’s a good reminder that the concept of “natural beauty” really is a fraud. And with the wrong kind of diet, a lack of access to Pilates classes, less stylish hair and the absence of a $141,037 year beauty budget, who knows? Jennifer Aniston, Beyonce, Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow may very well have turned out as Evans imagines them — which is, to put it in celebrity media speak, just like us!
Just like some of us, anyway. There’s perhaps a bit too much 1980s/1990s attire and styling going on to make these feel totally credible as commentary. I’d love to see more work from Evans that does the same sort of thing but skips the blue eyeshadow and poodle perms. But as Fast Company editor Cliff Koang wrote last year about the project: “There is sweet justice in taking Photoshop, the very tool that makes celebrities seem so insufferably flawless, and turning it cruelly against them.” Enjoy the subtle schadenfreude, darlings.