Zendaya was photoshopped recently, and she refused to stand for it. The 19-year-old was shocked to learn that Modeliste magazine had slimmed down her hips and torso in her November spread.
Immediately taking to social media, Zendaya Coleman called out the publication.
ICYMI: Zendaya calls out magazine for heavily photoshopping her body https://t.co/1Cf0ZpbQ5X pic.twitter.com/8M4K7mzwRZ
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) October 23, 2015
“Had a new shoot come out today and was shocked when I found my 19 year old hips and torso quite manipulated. These are the things that make women self conscious, that create the unrealistic ideals of beauty that we have. Anyone who knows who I am knows I stand for honest and pure self love. So I took it upon myself to release the real pic (right side) and I love it?? Thank you @modelistemagazine for pulling down the images and fixing this retouch issue,” Zendaya captioned the post.
You’ll note in the caption that Zendaya also thanks the publication for removing the photos in question. Fortunately the magazine heeded the singer’s wishes and made things right.
Zendaya is just one of many young women to be photoshopped recently–and is among those who won’t stand for the practice.
By Thursday afternoon, her post had received nearly 700,000 likes.
On Thursday, the Editor-in-Chief of Modeliste–Amy McCabe–issued a response to Zendaya’s disdain over her photoshopped images.
.@Zendaya slams magazine for photoshopping her body: https://t.co/aIzel94h8H pic.twitter.com/AzULKV4sEE
— CELEBUZZ (@CELEBUZZ) October 21, 2015
“Thank you, Zendaya, for raising a very important issue,” the response began.
“We were honored to work alongside Zendaya and her entire creative team and family for the photoshoot in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and specifically chose Zendaya as our Cover Model for the issue as we have a deep respect and admiration for her openness, honesty, the genuine manner in which she connects with her loyal fan base, as well as her integrity. We believe her to be an authentic and positive representative and an inspiration to women and of the values which we at Modeliste also hold,” the response reads.
“We hope you enjoy the ‘Unedited Edit’ images from Modeliste that we will release soon as a collaboration between Modeliste and Zendaya while also learning more about Zendaya from our interview with her which can be read in our Model Diaries on www.ModelisteMagazine.com.”
Way to go, Zendaya. Those photoshopped images didn’t add anything to her beauty. She is gorgeous as is, and she had every right to be enraged by what the magazine’s editors did to her photos. This practice has lent itself to an epidemic of sorts where young girls feel the needs to achieve unrealistic “perfection.” That perfection isn’t real, however, when it is photoshopped.
May this serve as a warning of sorts to other publications that believe they can improve upon the already-perfect looks of their models.