As time goes on, society is starting to pay attention to issues that were previously overlooked. This is why many body positive influencers are challenging beauty standards and promoting self-love to make women realize that we are all beautiful in our own way.
This movement has been joined by a number of actresses, such as Julia Roberts, Lupita Nyong’o, and others, who have spoken out against magazines and brands that have edited their bodies with Photoshop.
These stars are saying “no” to Photoshop and aesthetic retouching. Julia Roberts, for example, has been a beauty icon on the big screen since she began her acting career. She has frequently criticized the retouching done by magazines, producers, and influencers. “We try to fix something, but you can’t fix what you can’t see. It is the soul that needs the touch up. It is unfortunate that we live in such a dysmorphic and terrified society,” she declared.
Lili Reinhart, the star of Riverdale, also accused a magazine of editing her photos. “I feel disrespected and disturbed to see our bodies touched up with Photoshop… We want the readers of Cosmopolitan Philippines to know that these bodies are not ours,” she commented. She also spoke about the work she does every day to feel comfortable with her own body: “It’s a daily battle, sometimes. And seeing my body so distorted in an editing process is a perfect example of the hurdles I still have to overcome.”
Lupita Nyong’o was also the victim of Photoshop when her hair was edited for a magazine cover. She took the opportunity to talk about embracing her natural heritage: “As I have made clear so many times in the past with every fiber of my being, I embrace my natural heritage, and despite growing up thinking that fair skin and silky smooth hair were the beauty standards, I now know that my dark skin and curly hair are beautiful too.”
Meghan Markle, the former television actress and current Duchess of Sussex, has also experienced digital retouching. She has mentioned in interviews how editors have modified her photos: “To this day, what annoys me the most is when my skin tone is changed and my freckles are airbrushed out in a photo shoot. My dad used to say that a face without freckles is a night without stars”.
These are just a few examples of the many actresses who are standing up against beauty standards and the use of Photoshop to edit images. Julia Roberts, Lili Reinhart, Lupita Nyong’o, and Meghan Markle are just a few of the stars who are saying “no” to retouching and promoting self-love.