Retouching photos sounds harmless, but when it completely alters one’s appearance, it can be damaging — just as Iskra Lawrence.
According to HuffPost, the Aerie model recently took to Instagram to share a side-by-side photo of herself; wearing nothing but lingerie, Lawrence not only looks flawless, she also doesn’t even look like herself. Although HuffPost says Lawrence noted she was a few sizes smaller in the photos anyway, the point still remains: Photoshop can produce completely unrealistic results.
“That smooth a$$ skin? Not mine ― a computer programme did that. The full thick hair ― extensions,” she wrote, according to HuffPost. “…Waist + legs + arms slimmed with a photoshop tool. No eye bags, well actually no nothing that makes me resemble the real me. And the WORST thing about it… I WANTED TO LOOK LIKE THIS!!!”
Sharing that at the time, she thought that “I had ‘perfected’ images (like the ones I saw of other models) that I would book more jobs” and thus she would be “happy and successful,” HuffPost says Lawrence revealed that the images were ultimately damaging to her psyche.
“In reality seeing retouched images of myself gave me even more insecurities and body image issues because I couldn’t even look like or relate to the image of myself!” she wrote.
So what did the body positivity advocate learn?
“What’s real is YOU, your imperfectly perfect self that’s what makes you magical, unique and beautiful.”
Amen to that.