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.
After the actress saw the poster for the upcoming second half of the show’s fourth season (pictured above), she tweeted to her more than 2.5 million followers, “Saw this floating around….hope it’s not the poster. Our faces in this were from 4 years ago…..and we all look ridiculous.” She then added, “Way too much photo shop. We all have flaws. No one looks like this. It’s not attractive.”
Benson then sent out more tweets, speaking directly to the girls and young women who might strive to look her, saying, “Remember, you are ALL beautiful. Please don’t ever try and look like the people you see in magazines or posters because it’s fake…It only causes an unhealthy mind about how you see yourself. You are perfect the way you are.”
We’ve never seen her show, but for this bold, classy and socially responsible move, we say to Ms. Benson: Bravo!