In our day and age there is a very blurry line between real and fake and it is no wonder why Photoshop is at the heart of many controversies. While some celebrities embrace being retouched and altered, others have taken a very vocal stand against it. Campaigns such as Dove’s Real Beauty and Seventeen magazine’s pledge to eliminate Photoshopped covers have sped up the movement against such image altering programs.
Celebrities of all ages are taking a stand and speaking out against this unrealistic standard of beauty. Stars such as supermodel Gisele Bündchen and designer Jessica Simpson are trying to ensure their images are not altered and have even gone as far as not wearing makeup to photoshoots. Lady Gaga slammed Glamour Magazine when they altered her image and we doubt Coco Rocha will be letting Elle magazine take her picture anymore.
These high profile celebrities are trying to showcase that beauty comes from within and that society is to blame for low self esteem issues. They are urging others to follow their lead and demand that companies, designers and photographers recognize real beauty. Read on to discover 10 amazing women that are saying no to Photoshop.
10. Beyonce Knowles
Beyonce is among the handful of celebrities that are speaking out against Photoshop, asking that companies stop altering her images. In 2013, Beyonce gave H&M a piece of her mind after the brand tried to trim down her curves. Knowles refused to give the green light on using the altered pictures insisting that they use the originals. Speculation has risen in the past year about her altering her own images with Photoshop (image above) and we hope that isn’t true. This isn’t the first time Beyonce has been at the height of a Photoshop alteration and we doubt it will be the last.
9. Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley took things one step further when she decided to take a stand against photo editing. In 2004 her figure was controversially distorted on a poster for the movie King Arthur and although the studio took most of the blame, Knightley decided that wasn’t enough. According to Time magazine she posed topless in her shoot with Interview Magazine in 2014 to protest Photoshop, demanding that her photos remain unedited so people can see what she really looks like. Stating that a woman’s body is a battleground this actress believes in showing the real thing and encouraging others to do the same.
8. Gisele Bündchen
This supermodel is gorgeous with or without Photoshop and is starting to voice her concerns around the altering of images; encouraging photographers to embrace the imperfections. Back in 2013, Gisele shot an ad campaign for BLK DMN without any beauty products or Photoshop. The results were stunning and this supermodel is rallying others to follow suit. Gisele has also been known to work with photographers that really understand this unconventional approach. As a supermodel this star has had more than her fair share of photo retouches and she is hoping that will all change as a result of people becoming more aware of what really makes someone beautiful.
7. Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga isn’t afraid to speak out against Photoshop even using her own cover photo as an example of how things need to change. In 2013 the superstar attended the annual Woman of the Year Awards and accepted an award from Glamour Magazine. She then went on to speak out about her cover on Glamour telling fans that her skin looked too perfect and hair too soft. She had this to say on the matter “It is fair to write about the change in your magazines. But what I want to see is the change on your covers … When the covers change, that’s when culture changes.”
6. Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson is done caring what the public thinks of her and is speaking out about retouched images. After a slew of media scrutiny about her baby weight to wearing mom jeans this singer turned designer is going more natural and less edited. In a cover shoot for Marie Claire, Simpson chose to style her own air, go without makeup and refuse all touch ups. Simpson admits she loves to dress up and wear makeup when the situation calls for it but also feels just as confident rolling out of bed with sweats on.
Lorde is not your average teenage girl that demands multiple retouches. In fact she is quite the opposite and has been speaking out about retouching images. After seeing a photo of her posted with flawless skin, Lorde was quick to react in sending out her own un-edited photo complete with flaws. Telling her fans to remember that flaws are okay she went one step further and posted a selfie with her acne cream on. Not afraid to speak her mind, this superstar is reaching teens all over the world and letting them know that perfect isn’t always real.
4. Kate Winslet
This actress has quite the history of speaking out against Photoshop dating all the way back to 2003 when GQ altered her image to look significantly slimmer. Winslet spoke out publicly against GQ stating that she did not give the magazine permission to digitally alter her image. In 2013 Vogue released a cover with Winslet on it so heavily altered she looked like a Disney character rather than a real person. Vogue reported that a pregnant Winslet argued on set with photographer and we certainly have to wonder if it was about these airbrushed photos.
3. Coco Rocha
One of the few supermodels who speak out about Photoshop, eating disorders and the problems with modeling is Coco Rocha. In 2011 this model partnered up to promote a Photoshop-free campaign with Canadian retailer Jacob and was quoted saying that she hoped the shoot would promote a pull back on the trend of digital manipulation. Rocha also has a strict policy on posing in any shoots that portray her as looking nude and fought back against Elle Brazil when they Photoshopped out her nude bodysuit on the cover to give the impression she was showing more skin. She had this to say “As a high fashion model I have long had a policy of no nudity or partial nudity in my photo shoots. For my recent Elle Brazil cover shoot I wore a body suit under a sheer dress which I now find was photoshopped out to give the impression of me showing much more skin than I was, or am comfortable with.”
2. Colbie Caillat
This singer songwriter took a stand against Photoshop musically with her new song Try. In the music video for the song Caillat starts off with her being perfectly polished and made up. Throughout the song her and other women remove hair extensions, wigs, eyelashes, lipstick and more; finally revealing them as their true selves at the end of the song. Caillat made the music video in hopes that it will help take the focus off unrealistic beauty standards. She believes that women need to be true to themselves and that seeing perfectly beautiful women all the time on covers of magazines and albums sets the stage for unrealistic expectations.
1. Vanessa Hudgens
It is nice to see that some young celebs are trying to put forward a more positive image to their fans and Hudgens is the perfect example of this. When asked by Bongo to pose in an all natural campaign this actress hopped on board before they could even say go. No digital alterations or filters were used in the campaign; a move that Hudgens hopes will inspire others. Believing that it is important to find beauty within, Bongo and Hudgens form a powerful team that sends a positive message about being confident and carefree. We only hope that this young woman continues her quest to make others around her feel just as good as she did au natural.