The Face Behind the Photoshop: Celebrities

One of the most common groups when we think about heavy uses of Photoshop is celebrities. Many celebrities refuse to acknowledge how they really look, instead working on controlling the media so no one finds out what they look like without makeup or Photoshop. Recently Lorde spoke out against Photoshop, reminding fans that the images they see aren’t always real, and its ok to have flaws.

"Flaws are ok"

“Flaws are ok”

I love this tweet so much, it reminds her followers that she’s not perfect, even if some people like to edit her photos so it seems like she is. Lorde has a massive fanbase and a simple tweet like this can go a long way in reassuring them they are ok as they are and the images they see in the media aren’t real.

Another artist who has taken a stand against Photoshop is Lady Gaga. Lady Gaga is the queen of costumes and characters but she recently criticized Glamour for her overly edited cover image on the December 2013 issue.


In reference to the image, Gaga stated “I felt my skin looked too perfect. I felt my hair looked too soft. I do not look like this when I wake up in the morning”. She called on the magazine for change, stating “when the covers change, that’s when culture changes”.

We can talk about change all we want but nothing will happen unless action is taken and these women are using their status as celebrities to raise awareness of these issues by calling out instances of Photoshop and owning the fact that they are not perfect and thats just fine.


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