Gender bending

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November 08, 2012
Gender bending.

Oh Photoshop, what wonders you perform: creative freedom second to none, the bitmap tool of choice for most digital artists.

The best part of 2 weeks salary, for the average American, to purchase; and countless hours to master; Photoshop is the de facto standard for all professional image manipulation.

But there's a darker side to Photoshop; relied upon heavily by magazines to airbrush women into idealized versions of themselves, it's hard to find a photoshoot of a female celebrity that hasn't been lit, reshaped and tanned to "enhance her femininity".

When took the idea to its natural conclusion and ran a competition to see how feminine Photoshoppers could make male celebrities — the best of which are picked out below — the results were disturbing to say the least.

Will Smith

It turns out The Woman in Black is a scarier film than we thought. (Will Smith.)

Daniel Craig

Bond girls aren't what they used to be. (Daniel Craig.)

Nicolas Cage

This celebrity ought to be Leaving Las Vegas immediately. (Nicolas Cage.)

The Rock

The Scorpion Queen seems to be enjoying her new look. (The Rock.)

Tom Cruise

Are your Eyes Wide Shut? Good. (Tom Cruise.)

Zac Efron

I bet she doesn't look like this in her high-school picture. (Zac Efron.)

Daniel Radcliffe

Could this be Voldemort's revenge? (Daniel Radcliffe.)

Hayden Christensen

No one forced her to take part. (Hayden Christensen.)

Jon Bon Jovi

Giving ladies a bad name. (Jon Bon Jovi.)

Orlando Bloom

Pirate or not, she seems alive to us. (Orlando Bloom.)

Make it so. (Patrick Stewart.)

Robert De Niro

Not such a good fella after all. (Robert De Niro.)

Elijah Wood

Elijah Wood

Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey

Jude Law

Jude Law

Tom Welling

Tom Welling

Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Conan O'Brien

Conan O'Brien

Will Smith

Will Smith

Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro

George Clooney

George Clooney

Can you name each of these celebrities? Which is the most convincing? Share your thoughts in the comments.

WDD Staff

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