A push against aggressive Photoshop has been a hot topic in Hollywood for some time now. More and more, those celebrities we look up to are asking to be featured in a realistic light. A while back Emma Roberts posed for Aerie in a Photoshop-free campaign and Demi Lovato just came out with a stunning Vanity Fair shoot that was Photoshop AND makeup-free. And while there is definitely a more vocal stance against the issue than ever before, it’s not done away with completely. Case in point: this new shoot featuring Zendaya.


When looking at the two versions of the image side-by-side it’s immediately obvious that Zendaya’s hips and thighs have been unnecessarily slimmed down. Her torso and arm also appear to have been manipulated. Never one to remain quiet about a topic that demands debate, Zendaya took to Instagram to share her frustration with the image. She 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.”

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39-year-old Kate Winslet has also recently made a statement against overdone photo manipulation. While negotiating a contract with Lancôme, Kate was adamant that the ads remain free of any additional editing to her appearance. She told E! News, “I can only ever speak for myself and I can only ever do things that are important to me and it’s a hope that other people might follow suit but it does feel important to me because I do think we have a responsibility to the younger generation of women.” Kate and Zendaya, we thank you lovely ladies for helping us move towards a more realistic beauty ideal once and for all.

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