I think we can all agree that the Photoshopping of images of celebrities and models alike has gotten out of hand. Recently we saw a Victoria’s Secret ad that showed a model with one of her butt cheeks completely photoshopped out of the picture. We know that putting out these images sets a bad example for women and girls with regards to body image as well as sets unrealistic example to our boys as to what real women look like.
Two very different celebrities have made headlines this week for taking a stand against photoshopping their images. First, young actress Zendaya, whom most of your children probably watch religiously on The Disney Channel, made a bold statement when she railed against a recent photoshop job that slimmed her already slim waist, hips and thighs. In this image she posted to her instagram page, Zendaya posted the original photo and the retouched image in an effort to encourage her young fans to accept their body the way it is.
Zendaya wrote ‘Had a new shoot come out today and was shocked when I found my 19 year old hips and torso quite manipulated. 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.’
Honestly, when we’re resorting to retouching a 19 year old, there’s some serious issues in this industry! Kudos to Zendaya for speaking out and for the magazine for pulling the retouched images and fixing the issue. Our young girls need to know that their bodies are perfect just the way they are.
Actress and mom of three Kate Winslet is also taking a stand against the unrealistic body image pressure women over 30 are being forced to live up to every day by implementing a ‘no retouching’ clause in her L’Oréal contract for her Lancôme ads. Kate told E! News last week the reasoning behind her decision saying “I do think we have a responsibility to the younger generation of women,” she said. “I think they do look to magazines, I think they do look to women who have been successful in their chosen careers and they want people to look up to, and I would always want to be telling the truth about who I am to that generation because they’ve got to have strong leaders. We’re all responsible for raising strong young women, so these are things that are important to me.”
I love that two women of two different generations are both taking a stand against this perfectly smooth, perfectly skinny, perfectly perfect image of women that’s been portrayed in the media for years. Women should be shown looking like actual women, and when you’re built like Zendaya there’s absolutely no reason for photoshop, and when you’re as lovely as Kate Winslet there should be no need for retouching.
What do you think about these women taking a stand against photoshop?