Madonna before and after Photoshop

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We’ve seen many photos of Madonna, 52, both before and after Photoshop works its magic on her 52 year-old (impressive) physique. Madonna has had plenty of work done on her face, and has looked alien-like at times, although she seems to have removed her chicken cutlet cheek implants and to have toned down her look. When you see her in advertisements for Louis Vutton or Dolce & Gabbana she seems to flawlessly represent that ageless look that the luxury brand target audience, older filthy rich showy women, will spend fortunes trying to capture and emulate. Only the real Madonna is still looking old, wrinkly and veiny everywhere but her face, as these unretouched photos for D&G show.

Madonna is a beautiful woman but she’s getting older and you can’t really use plastic surgery and injectables to erase veins and lines on the arms and hands like you can on the face and neck. That is, unless you do it digitally to an image. I guess it’s just as unrealistic to see Madonna doing housework in an unassuming home as it is to see her looking like she’s 20 years younger. These brands are in the business of selling fantasy. They may as well use barely pubescent looking models who could never afford their clothing barring massive family wealth or rich creepy benefactors. Of course they already do that.

Photos via Yeeeah

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  1. Persistent Cat says:

    Ok? We know everything is photoshopped. So they made her arms a little less gross, her face still looks fantastic.

  2. Kitten says:

    She’s in amazing shape but honestly, I kind of think that when you’re her age you might want to have a little more weight/fat on you. It just looks softer and less harsh IMO..

  3. TeeTee says:

    she looks spooky, almost in a
    “whatever happened to Baby Jane” kind of way..those steroids have done a job on her and the spooky way she is trying to hold on to youth just makes her look all the more crazed.

    looks like her cheek cutlets have sunk into her face..

    still waiting for Jada’s to do the same.

  4. insidescoop says:

    She looks a little, (dare I say it?) Courtney Love, in the unshopped photos.

  5. Eleonor says:

    Her face looks better, no doubt of it, but she should accept she’s 52 years old!

  6. Stephie says:

    If they wanted someone who looked younger (and different) they should’ve just used another model. It’s not like we don’t know her age.

  7. Maritza says:

    She really takes care of herself, great body. Too bad her veiny hands and arms give away her age.

  8. sisi says:

    her hair looks so dry. They didn’t even try to photoshop that away, they just cut the top of her head off in the pictures, lol. The cheaper way to obscure something.

  9. Riley says:

    I agree with @Kitten. She should gain a little bit of weight. When women work out a lot they break down collagen which is essential to women’s health. I can’t knock her hands though. I am in my mid-30s and my hands look a lot like hers. I am not nearly as skinny as she is but my hand veins pop. I think for me it is partly genetic because my grandmother’s hands were the same way as mine.

  10. Lady Jane says:

    Why are her eyes so red? And with hands like that, what photographer would want to feature them?

    If I was the photog I would have said, ‘Go get some eyedrops and sit on yer hands, Madge!’

  11. Eve says:

    When I read “before photoshop pictures of Madonna” I always cringe but these are not as bad as I thought they would be.

    The cynical bitch in me is even thinking these pictures ARE photoshopped a little and “accidently” leaked as if they weren’t to make her look nice again.

  12. Arianna says:

    the one picture when she’s standing makes her forearms look disgustingly weird.

    I agree with Kitten, put on a little weight, the muscles looked good when you were younger, but not anymore.

  13. Persistent Cat says:

    @Riley, I understand about the hands. My hands and feet are really bony and unless it’s crazy humid, there’s not much I can do about it.

  14. ~M says:

    Oh me God… her hands… her arms…

  15. waldemar says:

    “Madonna is still looking old, wrinkly and veiny everywhere but her face, as these unretouched photos for D&G show”

    Uhm, no. I have seen her for real and only her hands are very wrinkly, her face have little lines on the places were you expect them and the rest is just like an 16 year old. In the unphotoshopped photo’s her face is just very brighly lit, that’s why it looks so smooth.

    I love her.

  16. flourpot says:

    They use Madonna because… it’s Madonna. Photoshop is there to take away what society considers ugly and selling sex goes rolling right along. In other news… I bet she’s sick of wearing that necklace.

  17. clare says:

    Too bad she – being MADONNA, for goodness sake, couldn’t have owned aging in a natural way. What a wonderful message that would have been to send to all her fans. THAT would have been cutting edge in this day and age!
    Instead, she shows her insecurity and sheep mentality by having all this plastic surgery to try to recapture youth.

  18. paranel says:

    Someone said yesterday that Madonna lied about her age back in the 80s and she is 10 years older than what she claims to be. I believe it ( looking at these photos). That explains her obsession with youth and her body image issues and all the bad plastic surgeries.

  19. Nancy says:

    She looks really good for her age it’s like people really like inspecting her especially her in particular for any wrinkle or whatever get over it Madonna has wrinkles of course their going to airbrush out any imperfections but they do that to everyone young people to.

  20. Raccoon Princess says:

    Her hands! She’s only in her fifties and I’ve seen 80-year olds with prettier hands.

  21. Kitten says:

    @ Riley & PersistentCat-I also have veiny hands and arms, which become more pronounced right after I work out (I’m only 30). It’s totally genetic. Well, at least we all have an excuse to eat lots of cake as we get older! :)

  22. Kim says:

    Madonna’s parents were married 7/1/1955 in Bay City , MI @ Visitation Church.Anthony was born in 1956, Martin in 1957, Madonna in 1958.Paula was born in 1959. Chris in 1960. Melanie in 1962. Madonna’s mother died in 1963 at age 30. If Madonna is lying about her age than so is her entire family including the parents.BTW SJP has similar hands.

  23. Crash2GO2 says:

    That woman has literally NO fat on her body. It’s quite impressive, and quite unnatural. My bet is on human growth hormone and lots of it along with nonstop exercise.

    It’s also interesting that she shows no signs of slack skin on her arms. That is the first place your age starts to show (I should know!). I’ll bet she’s had it tucked.

  24. California Surfer says:

    That is so sad her mother died at 30.

  25. Carrie says:

    Sophia Loren once said that for every decade over 40 women need to put on 5 extra pounds. In Madonna’s case, I think that an extra 10 pounds would help the gristle and veiny look of her arms and hands a lot.

    She’s in amazing shape and personally I don’t see anything wrong with her muscular arms and body, but it does age her.

  26. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    She definately needs to add a bit of weight on her.

  27. Ron says:

    Why the surprise at photoshop? Everyone is photoshopped in the print media no matter how beautiful. Everyone. So if you want to place your anger, place it with the media and everyone who buys beauty and fashion products. We look at a woman of 52 and think she should look like she’s 20 forever. It’s a sad commentary.

  28. guesty says:

    love black & white film…love it & it flatters her. shop or no.

  29. original kate says:

    i agree madge should put on a few pounds. but other than that (and the icky cheek fillers) i think she looks great un-photoshopped. she is a 52 year old woman! we have forgotten that a 52 year old woman does not look 30. nor should she – there is nothing wrong with looking your age. as a society we should be proud of it, not ashamed. now that i’m over 40 i am starting to see a few little lines, a few more grey hairs, etc. and i’ll admit i’m not loving it, but i’ll be damned if i will chop up my body or inject my face with toxins in order to look 25 or to fulfill someone else’s idea of beauty. in some other cultures older women are seen as beautiful and strong, and i thought madonna would be one to embrace that. but sadly she fell in line with the rest of the hollywood fembots.

  30. Jenna says:

    @TeeTee… she is not on steroids. She looks nothing like she is and if you think she does, you have a gross misrepresentation of what a person on steroids looks like.

    What is with commentors on this site constantly saying that? Just because someone has nice muscles doesn’t mean they are on steroids. That and 99% of the celebs on here who are being accused of being on them have NO REASON to be on them. Steroids are for athletes, not models, golfers or singers. It’s trite.

  31. benny says:

    Why even use “real” people? They are photoshopped almost beyond recognition anyway, so why not just prit ads with 100% animated models? It’s pretty much the same thing, and a lot cheaper.

  32. Carly says:

    Madonna has such veins in her hands because like any female bodybuiders, major weight lifting causes it. Google female bodybuilders and you will see their arms and hand veins the same way.

    Madonna weight lifts to keep her arms looking buff not flabby. She has to pay for it in the hands with popping veins.

  33. Crash2GO2 says:

    @benny: I’ve often wondered the same thing.

  34. Kiska says:

    The problem with photoshop it leads us to believe that at 52 you should really be looking 32. Why not use good lighting and slap some silk gloves on her.

  35. Mistral says:

    These “untouched” photos are not “untouched”. She’s wearing makeup and photoshop is still at work. She’s an attractive woman, though.

  36. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    Aging or no aging, I think her face looks far, far better now than it did this time last year. I`m not sure if it`s `settling`, maybe she just got the implants removed. How long has Barbara Walters had hers, and they`re still very pronounced.

    I don`t understand them, myself. In cases where it`s very obvious, I don`t think the procedure is more attractive than natural aging processes–I just don`t. But maybe the fact that I can only think of cases in which it was very noticeable proves that the work wasn`t so great. I sure there are scores of people who have them and maybe do look good, but I don`t notice it. All I know is that it seems like Jenny McCarthy (who seems young for this kind of thing) looks to have purchased a set and maybe I`m being unkind, but I don`t think the effect on her face was terribly kind, either.

    Bah, I`m just going to hop on my broom.

  37. Sumodo1 says:

    I am 54 and have used my hands to type, change diapers, scratch mosquito bites, pat the dogs and horses, and knead bread. They are beautiful hands. WTF is wrong with Madonna’s???

  38. Granger says:

    Her arms are the reason I don’t work out as much as I used to. She’s too muscular — it looks freakish. Not saying women shouldn’t have SOME muscle, but a bit of softness is nice.

    And having said all of that, I do agree that Madonna looks gorgeous. Of course, plastic surgery DOES help…

  39. jc126 says:

    The ads themselves are kind of unflattering. Even though she looks “young” or at least smooth, dressing her up like an old-fashioned Italian housewife REMINDS the viewer of her age. It doesn’t highlight the clothes at all, either.

  40. My2Cents says:

    I just love her. I dont care what she looks like as she has proven she is an icon over and over and over and over again.
    When I get to be her age. I want to be rock’n it like she is. Go girl.

  41. Jag says:

    Her forearms are starting to look like Sylvester Stallone’s, and that’s NOT a good thing. As Crash2GO2 said, I bet it’s human growth hormone, cos Sly has admitted using it and they look similar.

  42. St. Louis says:

    I am 52 but at 17 my boyfriend at the time used to say I had “cute little wrinkly hands.” I have always had obvious veins and sometimes when I still cared what others thought would hold my arms up to get the blood to move out somewhat. It is genetic. I suppose if I took care of myself like Madonna, I would have “scary” arms. My form of scary involves “bat wings.” I think muscle is an improvement for dames our age. It is hard work in your fifties to tighten up….trust me.

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