It’s not a secret that pretty much every photo you see is Photoshopped. It’s the unfortunate truth no matter how much we all want to see REAL photos in magazines and on billboards. Photoshop is great for things like enhancing pictures, but when the line is crossed to make people look unrecognizable, that’s a problem. Fix those flyaways and brighten up the lighting all you want, but don’t go changing features or skin tone.
I know the horrors of Photoshop as well from my own work in the modeling industry. I once saw edited pictures of myself that made me look skeletal and that had completely changed the shape of my nose, which is a feature I struggled my entire upbringing to love. It’s really hard to see a photo of yourself and think, “Is that how I’m supposed to look?”
Some celebrities recognize that the Photoshopped-to-death look isn’t good for anyone and speak out against it, which is great. Sadly, not more celebs speak out against this dumb trend. But we love the ones who do! Take a look.
Ashley Benson came out the other day, slamming the alleged new poster for Pretty Little Liars. She posted a photo of the poster to her Instagram with the comment, "Saw this floating around....hope it's not the poster. Our faces in this were from 4 years ago.....and we all look ridiculous. Way too much photo shop. We all have flaws. No one looks like this. It's not attractive." Preach, girl.
Sources claim that Queen B was super mad about the Photoshopping on her campaign photos for H&M. She apparently "insisted that only natural photos" be used. You go, Bey!
Model Coco Rocha has a lot of feelings about Photoshop and the industry. She's got no problem being outspoken. In 2012 she slammed the editing on her Elle cover, "As a high fashion model I have long had a policy of no nudity or partial nudity in my photoshoots. For my recent Elle Brazil cover shoot I wore a body suit under a sheer dress, but recently discovered that the body suit was Photoshopped out to give the impression that I am showing much more skin than I actually was or am comfortable with. This was specifically against my expressed verbal and written direction."
Kate Winslet basically OWNED GQ magazine when her cover came out in 2003. They Photoshopped her so much that she was pretty unrecognizable. And she had no problem speaking out, "'The retouching is excessive. I do not look like that and more importantly I don't desire to look like that,' she said. 'I actually have a Polaroid that the photographer gave me on the day of the shoot… I can tell you they've reduced the size of my legs by about a third. For my money it looks pretty good the way it was taken.'"
Keira Knightley says they always Photoshop her boobs since she's so small-chested. She spoke out against her 2004 King Arthur poster, "I thought, ‘Well, if you're going to make me fantasy breasts, at least make perky breasts.’”
Supermodel Gisele who basically gets Photoshopped for a living commented to Fashionista about a very natural shoot she had, which she loved. "I love that feeling of, you know, we are women - we are so different. Our imperfections are what makes us unique and beautiful. He gets that. He's not trying to retouch you or put a pretty light on you. He's not like, 'You've got to look a certain way.' He's like, 'You are you.'" Even models are sick of all the retouching, you guys.
Even guy celebs think Photoshop is too much. Brad Pitt personally requested a photographer known for his detail work so he could show off his flaws and refused Photoshop for his cover of W Magazine. He wanted everyone to see what he really looked like.
What do you think about excessive Photoshop? Do you think it needs to stop? Tell us in the comments!