In a world that is obsessed with unreal beauty standards and body perfection, photoshop is a software that’s always kept handy. Meeting these standards of beauty can be a task, but there’s always the option of adding a little (read: a lot) filter to the images to stay in the league. While celebrities are the ones who easily fall prey to the magic of photoshop, it is the viewers/readers are who suffer the results.
Photoshop has earned a lot of flak, especially when it comes to enhancing celebrity pictures. Many stars (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kate Winslet, Katrina Kaif, and many others) have gone through this dilemma, but only a few have had the courage to come out in the open and call out various outlets for giving the audience/readers such unrealistic goals.
Read on, as we round up a list of celebs who have actually come out and spoken about the issue.
Last year, when the Baywatch actress’ Maxim India cover photo was released, it showed her posing with arms stretched upwards. What called out for too much attention in the picture were her armpits which looked flawless and smooth. Chopra and the magazine came under the fire due to this. Shutting all the criticism like a boss, Chopra took to social media and posted a regular picture flashing her real armpits. The image caption read, “Here is another “pit-stopping” picture to add to the debate. #WillTheRealArmpitPleaseStandUp #nofilter #armpitdiaries.”
It’s happened twice with Washington, once when she posed on the cover of InStyle March 2015 and the second time with the AdWeek cover in 2016. The Scandal actress claimed that although she loved the article, the cover image was retouched so much that she couldn’t even recognise herself.
In March 2014, we saw New Zealand songwriter-singer Lorde call out to retouchers for creating a blemish-free picture of hers. She then Instagrammed a real picture and said that flaws are okay.
American actress-singer Zendaya, in November 2015, was shocked when she saw a picture of hers was manipulated by the Modeliste magazine. She had shot for their November cover, but she was certain that she wasn’t as lean even when they were shooting. An annoyed Zendaya then posted the original picture clubbed with the retouched one on Instagram. Her caption read, “Thank you@modelistemgazine for pulling down the images and fixing this retouch issue.”
Lady Gaga was stunned when she saw her photo on the cover of Glamour magazine’s December 2013 issue. Gaga spoke about the overuse of Photoshop at that year’s Glamour Woman of the Year Awards. “I felt my skin looked too perfect. I felt my hair looked too soft. I do not look like this when I wake up in the morning… I don’t even look like this,” she said in her speech.
The Singham-fame actress called out a magazine in 2011 for doctoring an image of her for the publication. Aggarwal claimed that she was wearing a black top while posing for the shoot, but the published picture showed her topless.
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