You will be shocked, gentle readers, to learn that Kim Kardashian‘s latest “my body is back” bikini pic campaign was airbrushed into oblivion after “taken in secret by a friendly agency photographer.”
The over-altering of women’s bodies in magazine and advertisement images is an issue that’s been raging for years; papers, documentaries and conferences have been based on the subject, and we’re all aware of the unattainable ideal such blending and stretching and trimming creates. No one, not even the celebs and models in the photos, look like the glossy, pore-less, gravity-defying humanoids constantly bombarding our eyeballs.
Yet, while we laypeople all complain about it, it’s fairly rare (and particularly awesome) when a celebrity becomes majorly and publicly outraged by their own bodies being altered beyond reason. (Kate Winslet is still my hero for shaming Cosmo when it plastered a super-slimmed-down version of her on its cover – “I don’t look like that,” she famously said, “and I don’t desire to look like that.”)
Now, Ashley Benson, star of ABC Family’s hit show Pretty Little Liars, who took to Twitter earlier this week to publicly bash a heavily Photoshopped image of her and her co-stars, is sending a similarly powerful and honest message to her young fans.