Shay Maria, presented without photoshop (41 HQ Photos)

Here at theCHIVE, we celebrate real beauty, it's our trademark. We think it's fantastic when beautiful women get dressed up (or down) for a professional photo shoot, but what happens after the shoot leaves a sour taste in our mouth. - Professional digital artists take something that's already beautiful and create something alien, unattainable, and completely fake. Women are tired of trying to live up to impossible standards and men are tired of looking at something they know isn't real.

While we turned up lighting levels on a few dark photos, not one pixel on Shay Maria today has been photoshopped (we'll gladly send the raw files to anybody who doesn't believe it). What you see is simply the artistic synergy that happens between the very talented model, Shay Maria, and bebe clothing photographer, Cavan Clark.

It's time to draw a line in the sand and prove that women don't need photoshop to be beautiful.

In the coming months, we'll be bringing you photos of some of your favorite Chivettes as they are, without the aid of photoshop. Now, when Chivettes submit photos to theCHIVE, they may find themselves flying to Venice Beach to be apart of our CHIVE calendar or other modeling shoots. Finally, We'd like to thank the elusive and enchanting Shay Maria for doing this. It takes courage to put yourself out there like this and she brought an infectious energy level to the shoot. Without her, none of this is possible. Now let's get to something we can all get behind, hot chicks.

Shay just started a Twitter page. Follow her here and on Facebook here.

Shay will be on her Twitter page today. Follow her here and on Facebook here.

  • Keith

    The Chive

    Real girls, No Photoshop.

    I think if you really set that up as you slogan, your image, you would get really get big(not that you're not already big).

    oh and Chive, Don't ever change.

    PS. a NSFW section would be pretty cool.

  • Mr.C

    My new favorite model. She is so real!

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  • pea_tear_griffin

    Wow. Very refreshing to see every wrinkle, scar, and blemish on this beautiful woman left untouched by photoshopping in an attempt to make it 'perfect'. The real perfection was all there, it's in those so-called 'imperfections'. It's time to cut the crap and show these gorgeous women for what make them so unique and SO damn sexy. Well played gents, Chive On….

  • Thomas

    CAPS! (Chivers Against PhotoShop)

  • modestog

    Let's be honest and just say that there was no retouching, not that there was no Photoshop. I understand completely the desire not to have fake images of fake bodies, but why not be more accurate? Some software was used to process the image. I imagine that exposure and contrast and color were adjusted—and to my eye, not very well and not very consistent. Perhaps it's a "look" that you are going for, but I think making her hair disappear is not a very good look.

    And if we want to totally real, let's not have makeup either. Or poses that flatter the body, but are never seen in day-to-day life.

    What I'm saying is that it is hard to pick a stopping point when it's a continuum. Where is the line? Here? There? If I can use posing and lighting and lens selection and angle in order to make someone appear thinner then they would appear be to the average person on an average day, and then add good makeup, how is that any less deceptive than retouching with Photoshop?

    Plus, the average woman doesn't look like Shay. Many have cellulite and stretch-marks, double chins, a little extra padding, wrinkles and sagging. That doesn't mean I don't think they are beautiful, or that I won't try to portray them the best I can. That's not the problem. It's the way THEY feel about those things that matter, not how I feel. The fact is, after I show them what fashion retouchers do to models, and use those techniques on my subjects, I accomplish TWO things. First, I've educated them that even the most beautiful model has flaws. Second, when I remove their perceived flaws, it allows them to finally see the beauty that her loved ones saw in her all along.

    For that result, I don't care if it's not "real". The way she feels IS real, and much more important than any philosophy of "no Photoshop."

    You would be much less convincing were you to use a more typical woman to try to prove your point.

    • The Real D. Nozzle

      Exactly! THANK YOU!!!! Couldn't have put it any better myself.

  • Karina (Australia)

    Great Pics! thank you for showing the world that celebrities are normal and human

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    6 & 8 — Do I see a camel toe…
    How about a weekly camel toe collection.

  • Colin

    Chive, Thank you for showing the difference between shopped and not shopped, it brings everything into perspective!


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    Where did her boobs go!? She used to have the perfect figure. Seems like she fell victim to the emaciated-hollywood-look now.

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    Wow, i been looking all over the internet for this finally a !!!real beauty, definitely real beauty amaze me more than a fake one

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