I’ve been seeing a lot of ‘she looks so much better before!’ comments on this picture and it really grinds my gears.
What if the ‘before’ picture was the skinny one, and they made her bigger? Would you still be saying she looks better before? I’ve seen people say that she looks ‘sick’ and ‘malnourished’ and ‘anorexic’. How is that any better than making fun of someone for being fat?
The problem isn’t that they made her smaller. She would look beautiful either way. The problem is that they changed what she actually looks like, and made her look like something that’s not real.
People who are saying she looks ‘better’ one way or the other are, like it or not, body shaming. She doesn’t look ‘better’ or ‘worse’ in either picture. She’s just completely misrepresented in one photo. One photo is fake. One photo has been manipulated. THAT is the problem. The problem is that they changed her. Doesn’t matter how, doesn’t matter if they made her bigger or smaller or tanner or paler. The point is that it’s not who she is, and that’s not fair.
Be careful when you’re so quick to judge photos like this. Do not shame the people who are in the photos. Concentrate on the culture we live in that insists that these changes are necessary.
I would be furious if I were her. I don’t know if they got her permission to photoshop her body so drastically, but often times editors don’t. Without consent, I see this as a complete violation of one’s body, and I see no reason why not to press charges against it. It is my body, and no one is allowed to do what they want with it without consent.