Over the past few years, several brands stand out for their refusal to photoshop models in campaigns and on e-commerce sites. Aerie, Lonely Lingerie, and ASOS all come to mind instantly. But we'd be wrong to assume that the practice of altering women's bodies beyond recognition or realistic standards in the fashion industry is on its way. And the latest victim is Emily Ratajkowski.
The model took to Instagram this morning to share two versions of a photo taken of her for a foreign publication. "I was extremely disappointed to see my lips and breasts altered in photoshop on this cover," Ratajkowski captioned her post. A side-by-side comparison makes it quite obvious that both her lips and breasts were made to look smaller in the final image published.
Ratajkowski, who's an outspoken feminist, made a point of calling out the misrepresentation of her body. "Everyone is uniquely beautiful in their own ways. We all have insecurities about the things that make us different from a typical ideal of beauty. I, like so many of us, try every day to work past those insecurities."
Coming off the heels of New York Fashion Week, which is showing slow but promising changes in the industry to embrace and represent women of diverse backgrounds, size, and ages, this statement is a reminder that there's still much more room for improvement—and that even those regarded as beautiful by the media at large are not immune to insecurities, body shaming, and heavy-handed photo editing. "I hope the fashion industry will finally learn to stop trying to stifle the things that make us unique," Ratajkowski added, "and instead begin to celebrate individuality."
Scroll down to see the model's photos and powerful Instagram message in full.
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