Culture June 19, 2018
Too much Photoshop can be a horrible thing.
Photoshop can sometimes be a saving grace for dull or dark photos. Sometimes though, especially in the entertainment and fashion industries, it’s used too much and to negative effect.
A celebrity can become victim to a Photoshop fail. There have been some who show up to a photo shoot looking one way, only to see a drastically different image staring back at them when they get the final print.
While most Photoshop edits are almost invisible, some are too obvious not to call out. And some are so bad that even the celebrities themselves speak out against them.
In the original photo (right), we see actress Lupita Nyong’o proudly rocking her natural hair. However, she appeared bald, with no hair out of place, for a Grazia U.K. cover.
After the magazine was released, Nyong’o shared how she felt about the photo on Instagram.
“I am disappointed that @graziauk invited me to be on their cover and then edited out and smoothed my hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like,” Nyong’o wrote.
We all know Zendaya as the young queen that slays, so it’s hard to believe someone would want to edit her photos. However, Zendaya revealed a photo that had been heavily edited (left) in comparison to the original (right).
Like Nyong’o, she turned to Instagram to reveal her feelings about the photo.
“Had a new shoot come out today and was shocked when I found my 19 year old hips and torso quite manipulated,” Zendaya wrote. “These are the things that make women self conscious, that create the unrealistic ideals of beauty that we have.”
Originally, Meghan Trainor’s “Me Too” video was a complete fail, and the singer wasn’t happy about it. Trainor’s waist was cinched in, reducing her naturally curvy body.
According to Splinter, Meghan took down the video until an unedited version was released to the public.
“My waist is not that teeny, I had a bomb waist that night. I don’t know why they didn’t like my waist. I didn’t approve that video, and it went out into the world so I’m embarrassed,” she said on Snapchat.
Solange Knowles also experienced a Photoshop fail with her cover for Evening Standard. She posed for a photo with an intricate, tall braided hairstyle. However, Knowles’ braided halo is nowhere to be seen in the photo released to the public.
The singer released the actual image (above) on her Instagram account, showing the full stature of her hairstyle.
Kerry Washington took to Instagram after she saw her photo for the cover of Adweek, noting her disappointment.
“I’m no stranger to Photoshopping. It happens a lot. In a way, we have become a society of picture adjusters – who doesn’t love a filter?!? ” she wrote. “It felt strange to look at a picture of myself that is so different from what I look like when I look in the mirror. It’s an unfortunate feeling,”
Adweek’s editorial director said “minimal adjustments” were made to Washington’s original photo, according to CNN.
Although Washington didn’t specifically call out what was changed in the photo, she stated in her post that we have “become a society of photo adjusters.”
Celebrities fall victim to Photoshop and are not aware of the changes that were made to their photo until it reaches the public. Some celebrities, however, have no problem calling out the changes, no matter how subtle they are.
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