In today’s world, the media constantly creates and presents unrealistic standards of beauty, which can lead to body image issues for young individuals. One way they do this is by using tools like Photoshop to manipulate images to create an idealized version of a celebrity’s appearance. However, some A-list celebrities have spoken out against this practice. Here are some of them:
Karol G: In her GQ magazine 2023 cover, the famous Colombian singer and songwriter, recently made headlines after she accused the magazine of retouching her latest image. The Grammy-nominated artist took to social media to express her disappointment with the magazine’s decision to alter her appearance, saying that the final image did not reflect her true beauty and natural features. She stated, “My face does not look like that, my body does not look like that and I feel very happy and comfortable with how I look natural.” She continued, “I understand the repercussions that this may have, but beyond feeling that it is a lack of respect to me, it is to the women that every day we wake up looking to feel comfortable with ourselves despite the stereotypes of society.”
Zendaya: In 2015, Zendaya took to Instagram to share a photo of herself on the cover of Modeliste magazine, along with the original unretouched image. She criticized the publication for heavily retouching her body and showed how important it was to show young people that not everything they see in the media has to be real. She wrote on her caption, “these are the things that make women self conscious, that create the unrealistic ideals of beauty that we have. Anyone who knows who I am knows I stand for honest and pure self love. So I took it upon myself to release the real pic (right side) and I love it😍😘 Thank you @modelistemagazine for pulling down the images and fixing this retouch issue.”
Lorde: In 2014, Lorde was featured on the cover of Fashion Magazine, and she later took to Twitter to express her feelings of frustration over the retouching of her image. She stated that the magazine had retouched her nose, and even her skin tone. “Apart from the fact that I’m pretty sure this magazine gave me a new nose I really like this photo,” she added “flaws are ok”.
Kim Kardashian: In March 2009, an unretouched version of her cover photo appeared on Complex magazine, causing the internet to go wild. It was later replaced by the edited version of the photo.
Reacting to the mistake, Kim replied on her insta by posting side-by-side images with the caption, “So what? I have a little cellulite, what curvy girl doesn’t? How many people do you think are photoshopped? It happens all the time!”. I’m proud of my body and curves, and this photo is probably helpful for everyone to understand that just because I’m on the cover of a magazine doesn’t mean I’m perfect.