A host of celebrities have spoken out against retouching and the unrealistic beauty ideals it perpetuates, but now that many stars have acquired more Instagram followers than a print magazine’s distribution, some have taken to a guerilla-style social media warfare to battle against retouching.
Kerry Washington posted her AdWeek cover on Instagram, writing, “We have become a society of picture adjusters—who doesn’t love a filter?!?” She continues, “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.”
Also Nicki Minaj commented on her ESPN cover. Even though the rapper is never one to fear artificiality, she still disagreed with how ESPN chose to portray her. Posting a before-and-after image, she writes, “I love my personal unretouched photos where my forehead doesn’t mysteriously grow in length.”
Even Emily Ratajkowski, whom many will agree has won the genetic lottery, did not escape a bit of Photoshop brushing-up. She posted her published Madame Figaro cover next to the original image. Surprisingly, the supermodel’s lips and breasts seem to have been made smaller. (Is Ratajkowski so beautiful that every change is inevitably only going to diminish her looks?) “I was extremely disappointed to see my lips and breasts altered in Photoshop on this cover,” she writes. “I hope the fashion industry will finally learn to stop trying to stifle the things that make us unique and instead begin to celebrate individuality.”
Body-positive British model Iskra Lawrence, who made her catwalk debut on Chromat’s Spring 2018 runway, has spoken out against body-shamers before. She has also posted a set of before-and-after photos on her feed to point out the artificiality of images to her nearly 4 million Instagram followers. “That smooth a$$ skin? Not mine—a computer programme did that,” she writes. “The full thick hair—extensions. Waist + legs + arms…