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9 Times celebrities have spoken out about being ridiculously Photoshopped

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In a world where perfection is applauded and social media reigns supreme, the alteration and manipulation of photographs is more than just a tweak here or a filter there. Celebrities are perpetually exhibitions of the bizarre wonders of Photoshop, but it’s the viewer who ultimately suffers thanks to a skewed sense of what’s beautiful and, ultimately, what’s real.

Over the years celebrities have begun calling out various outlets and photographers for their unrealistic portrayals of their bodies, and lately, they’ve been more outspoken than ever. Stars including Priyanka Chopra, Rumer Willis, and Zendaya have been mercilessly retouched, proving that no matter your body type, someone will find a way to Photoshop you into that so-called state of “perfection.” Here, we’ve rounded up the stars who won’t allow themselves and their bodies to be used to create such unreal expectations. Snaps for them!

You might be wondering who that random blonde girl is👆 Well it’s me! About 6/7years ago. I might look different because I was a few dress sizes smaller but the main difference is… I’m HEAVILY retouched. That smooth a$$ skin? Not mine – a computer programme did that. The full thick hair – extensions. Push up bra Waist + legs + arms slimmed with a photoshop tool. No eye bags, well actually no nothing that makes me resemble the real me. And the WORST thing about it… I WANTED TO LOOK LIKE THIS!!! Yep I thought if I had ‘perfected’ images (like the ones I saw of other models) that I would book more jobs = would make me happy and successful. When in reality seeing retouched images of myself gave me even more insecurities and body image issues because I couldn’t even look like or relate to the image of myself! So please NEVER EVER compare yourself to images you see, many aren’t real. Perfect does NOT exist so trying to achieve that is unrealistic and editing your pictures will not make you happy. What’s real is YOU, your imperfectly perfect self that’s what makes you magical, unique and beautiful. ▶️My self-care Sunday this week is all about retouching (link to watch in my bio)👆 So I go into way more detail about these images and my experiences. #everyBODYisbeautiful

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1 Iskra Lawrence

As someone who’s been through the retouching ringer, body-positive model Iskra Lawrence knows what she’s talking about. After living through constant Photoshopping left her wanting to reach an unhealthy, impossible ideal, she says managing to overcome those ingrained insecurities changed her life for the better. Ipso facto, all of our lives improved too: Her social media presence is the most uplifting place on the web, like the post above, where she goes through a retouched photo point by point to highlight exactly what was done to distort it.

Her caption reads [all sic]: “You might be wondering who that random blonde girl is👆 Well it’s me! About 6/7years ago. I might look different because I was a few dress sizes smaller but the main difference is… I’m HEAVILY retouched. That smooth a$$ skin? Not mine – a computer programme did that. The full thick hair – extensions. Push up bra Waist + legs + arms slimmed with a Photoshop tool. No eye bags, well actually no nothing that makes me resemble the real me. And the WORST thing about it… I WANTED TO LOOK LIKE THIS!!! Yep I thought if I had ‘perfected’ images (like the ones I saw of other models) that I would book more jobs = would make me happy and successful. When in reality seeing retouched images of myself gave me even more insecurities and body image issues because I couldn’t even look like or relate to the image of myself! So please NEVER EVER compare yourself to images you see, many aren’t real. Perfect does NOT exist so trying to achieve that is unrealistic and editing your pictures will not make you happy. What’s real is YOU, your imperfectly perfect self that’s what makes you magical, unique and beautiful.”

The end result is a cheat sheet to understanding that no, no one looks like that—something that’s easy to hear, hard to believe.

My new cover! Thank you @maxim.india #pctopsmaximhot100 #maximhot100 @stephaniebbmakeup @tedgibson

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2 Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra‘s Maxim India cover recently came under fire due to her seemingly nonexistent armpits, and commenters quickly came to her defence by calling out the publication. To be fair, we don’t know anyone whose pits look that smooth and flawless — no matter how much lasering they’ve done.

As a result, the Quantico actress had a pretty epic response. On her Instagram, she posted: “Here is another ‘pit-stopping’ picture to add to the debate. #WillTheRealArmpitPleaseStandUp #nofilter #armpitdiaries.”

All of this makes us ask the question: Why should anyone care about what our armpits look like? Priyanka doesn’t. And that’s just one more bit of proof that she’s a total boss.

3 Meghan Trainor

Considering the lyrics to Meghan Trainor‘s biggest hit “All About That Bass” (“I see the magazines workin’ that Photoshop, We know that sh-t ain’t real, come on now, make it stop”), you’d think her team would have gotten the memo that body altering is a big hell-no in her book. And yet, a few hours after the launch of her new music video for “Me Too,” Trainor realized her body had been digitally altered without her permission. So she pulled the video.”Hey guys, I took down the ‘Me Too’ video because they Photoshopped the crap out of me,” she told her fans on Snapchat. “And I’m so sick of it and I’m over it, so I took it down until they fix it.”

“Hey guys, I took down the ‘Me Too’ video because they Photoshopped the crap out of me,” she told her fans on Snapchat. “And I’m so sick of it and I’m over it, so I took it down until they fix it.”
She continued: “My waist is not that teeny, I had a bomb waist that night, I don’t know why they didn’t like my waist, but I didn’t approve that video and it went out for the world, so I’m embarrassed. The video’s still one of my favourite videos I’ve ever done, I’m very proud of it, I’m just pissed off that they broke my ribs you know?” Preach.

Rumer Willis4 Rumer Willis

Rumer Willis posted the above photo on Instagram with the following note: “The photographer Photoshopped my face to make my jaw smaller and I find it really offensive for anyone to try and change the way you look so drastically. I love the way I look and I won’t support anyone who would feel a need to change the way I look to make me beautiful. Whether or not they realise it, it is a form of bullying, which I won’t stand for.” Hear, hear! It’s especially disconcerting considering the body-image struggles the actress opened up about on Dancing With the Stars last year. (You can read the photographers’ comment about the issue on The Cut. In short: They said the image was corrected because of the camera lens used, not to purposely alter her features.)

So…You know me. I’m not one to be quiet about a magazine cover. I always celebrate it when a respected publication invites me to grace their pages. It’s an honor. And a privilege. And ADWEEK is no exception. I love ADWEEK. It’s a publication I appreciate. And learn from. I’ve long followed them on Twitter. And when they invited me to do a cover, I was excited and thrilled. And the truth is, I’m still excited. I’m proud of the article. And I like some of the inside images a great deal. But, I have to be honest…I was taken aback by the cover. Look, I’m no stranger to Photoshopping. It happens a lot. In a way, we have become a society of picture adjusters – who doesn’t love a filter?!? And I don’t always take these adjustments to task but I have had the opportunity to address the impact of my altered image in the past and I think it’s a valuable conversation. Yesterday, however, I just felt weary. It felt strange to look at a picture of myself that is so different from what I look like when I look in the mirror. It’s an unfortunate feeling. That being said. You all have been very kind and supportive. Also, as I’ve said, I’m very proud of the article. There are a few things we discussed in the interview that were left out. Things that are important to me (like: the importance of strong professional support and my awesome professional team) and I’ve been thinking about how to discuss those things with anyone who is interested, in an alternate forum. But until then…Grab this week’s ADWEEK. Read it. I hope you enjoy it. And thank you for being patient with me while I figured out how to post this in a way that felt both celebratory and honest. XOXOXOX

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5 Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington is (sadly) familiar with Photoshop mishaps — and speaking out about them. For her recent AdWeek cover, the Scandal star wrote the following statement that was both celebratory of her article and honest (a mission she aimed to accomplish and did): “Look, I’m no stranger to Photoshopping. It happens a lot. In a way, we have become a society of picture adjusters – who doesn’t love a filter?!? And I don’t always take these adjustments to task but I have had the opportunity to address the impact of my altered image in the past and I think it’s a valuable conversation. Yesterday, however, I just felt weary. It felt strange to look at a picture of myself that is so different from what I look like when I look in the mirror. It’s an unfortunate feeling.”

6 Zendaya

Zendaya isn’t one to miss a chance to stand up for something she believes in, whether it’s to dismiss her 2015 Oscars dreadlocks or to call out an overly retouched image of herself. The star shared a photo of the before-and-after pictures of a cover shoot with Modeliste magazine, and was appalled by the amount her hips and torso had been manipulated.

Rumer Willis7 Ashley Benson

Magazines aren’t the only culprits of heavy-handed Photoshopping, brands and advertisements are commonly guilty of this, too. Pretty Little Liars actress, Ashley Benson, and her on-air colleagues were victims of obvious retouching on a poster for the hit show. The 26-year-old publicly criticized the ad, saying: “Saw this floating around…hope it’s not the poster. Our faces in this were from four years ago…and we all look ridiculous. Way too much Photoshop. We all have flaws. No one looks like this. It’s not attractive.”

8 Lorde

Lorde isn’t your average teen, so it’s no surprise that the “Royals” singer called out retouchers for creating pristine-looking skin on an image that had previously been clearly different. Lorde went on to tell her fans that flaws are OK and to remember how easily and commonly these photos are altered.

Miss Dior Spring-Summer 2014 campaign. #dior #itdior #fashion #missdior #jenniferlawrence

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9 Jennifer Lawrence

Recently, there has been a knack for Photoshopping out moles (why?!), just ask Jennifer Lawrence. Jennifer has openly laughed about being Photoshopped, most notably for her appearance in a fashion advertisement. “That doesn’t look like me at all! I love Photoshop more than anything in the world,” she told Access Hollywood at a red carpet event. “Of course it’s Photoshop. People don’t look like that.”

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