The body positivity movement has taken the Internet by storm in the last few years. Within the celebration of natural bodies, influential women are speaking out against photoshop and image retouching across social media. Down below we’ve listed four celebrities who have used their platforms to condemn photoshop, and take pride in their natural beauty.
The former Disney Channel star has always been candid about her past eating disorder and struggles with body-image. Now, she’s using her own journey to self-love as inspiration for others. In an Instagram post earlier this month, Lovato proudly shared an unedited bikini picture flaunting her natural cellulite. Admitting to having had edited bikini photos in the past, Lovato says posting an unedited photo is her “biggest fear” but she is dedicated to being authentic to who she is. “Here’s me, RAW, REAL! And I love me,” she writes.
Zendaya was only 19-years-old when Modeliste Magazine posted a retouched image of her without her consent. Along with releasing the unedited version, Zendaya acknowledged that the normalized use of photoshop creates unrealistic beauty ideals and instills self-consciousness in women. Zendaya’s heartfelt post got Modeliste to remove the image, and she has continued to proudly post her all-natural self since then.
NBC’s The Good Place’s breakout star blatantly called airbrushing the “devil” after discovering a heavily-edited picture of herself on Instagram. She recalls being “mentally unwell” trying to live up to the standards the image projects. Jamil is a proud advocate for body positivity and encourages others to take pride in their natural bodies, no matter what they look like. In 2018, she launched I Weigh, a movement that encourages women to measure their worth in accomplishments and positive traits, rather than weight.
The pop singer is known for self-confidence anthems like “All About That Bass,” but Trainor herself has been subjected to severe photoshop and retouching. Her 2016 music video for the song “Me Too” was quickly taken down after Trainor noticed her waist was unrealistically shrunken down. “I’m so sick of it, and I’m over it, so I took it down until they fix it,” Trainor said of the incident. Now, she loves to show her natural body off and vouch for body positivity.