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!
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.