We can all agree that Photoshopping has gotten a little out of hand lately, right? Celebrities on magazine covers and in advertisements are very often completely unrecognizable, not only as themselves but simply as humans. And it sends the message that if even beautiful celebrities can’t live up to the impossible beauty standards society sets for us, then what hope do we have as normals?
Luckily there are some celebrities who object to having their image manipulated within an inch of its life, and they even go so far as to speak out about it publicly or request that the retouching be kept to a minimum. Here are just eight examples of celebrities who disapprove of Photoshop fever. A few of them will probably surprise you.
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Earlier this week Lorde tweeted a comparison of two photos of her performing. One of them had been retouched to remove her acne, and the other one was left as is. She commented, “remember flaws are ok.” At 17 years old, she’s willing to not only reveal her flaws but remind her young fans that they’re totally normal and acceptable. You go, Lorde!
2. Lady Gaga
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Last year Lady Gaga appeared on the cover of Glamour magazine and had the life retouched out of her. But it wasn’t just observers who thought so. Gaga herself spoke out about it, saying, “I felt my skin looked too perfect. I felt my hair looked too soft,” and adding, “I do not look like this when I wake up in the morning.”
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To be fair, this is only according to sources, but Beyonce was allegedly angry last year when H&M edited her body shape for a campaign she posed for, and she supposedly demanded they use the originals. If this is true, good for her.
4. Kim Kardashian
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I’ll give you moment to do a spit take. That’s right, a member of arguably the most shallow family in America actually spoke out against Photoshop — in a roundabout way. In 2009 Complex magazine accidentally published an unretouched photo of Kim on their website, and she wrote a blog response showing zero shame, saying, “So what? I have a little cellulite,” and adding, “I’m proud of my body and my curves, and this picture coming out is probably helpful for everyone to see that just because I am on the cover of a magazine doesn’t mean I’m perfect.”
5. Brad Pitt
It’s not just women who are Photoshopped, and it’s also not just women who speak out against it. For a 2009 W magazine cover photographed by Chuck Close, Brad chose not to be retouched and to reveal his flaws. I mean, it’s not really like he could look bad.
6. Coco Rocha
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It’s kind of nuts that even supermodels, whose job it is to look gorgeous all the time, get airbrushed. In 2012 Coco appeared on the cover of Elle Brasil and was retouched against her request, and she didn’t keep quiet about it: “This was specifically against my expressed verbal and written direction to the entire team that they not do so. I’m extremely disappointed that my wishes and contract was ignored. I strongly believe every model has a right to set rules for how she is portrayed and for me these rules were clearly circumvented.” Woohoo!
7. Ashley Benson
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Last year Ashley criticized an excessively Photoshopped Pretty Little Liars poster that appeared online, writing on Instagram, “Saw this floating around… hope it’s not the poster. Our faces in this were from 4 years ago… and we all look ridiculous. Way too much photo shop. We all have flaws. No one looks like this. It’s not attractive.”
8. Jessica Simpson
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In 2010 Jessica appeared on the cover of Marie Claire without makeup or retouching. Here’s what she had to say about it: “I don’t have anything to prove anymore.” You might argue that she has something on, but it’s definitely natural and actually looks like herself, which is unfortunately a big deal these days.