Negative body image is not a subject that we should be taken lightly. Its effects can take a significant toll on your body, physically and emotionally. A lot of people, particularly teenagers and young adults, are consumed by the idea of having a perfect body. This leads to further emotional distress and disappointment when they cannot accept and appreciate their body type.
However, a lot of celebrities are using their popularity and power to inspire people by motivating them to accept their body and self. During the International Women’s Day, celebrities such as Emma Watson, Millie Bobby Brown, Lupita Nyongo, and much more encouraged women to stand up, be themselves, and continue with their passions.
One Stood Out
But two Instagram stories caught the eye of many people: it’s the calling out made by Riverdale stars Camila Mendes and Lili Reinhart to Cosmopolitan Philippines for photoshopping their images that were posted on the magazine’s official Instagram account.
The reel-life Veronica and Betty are standing up against the Philippine magazine’s supposed disrespectful altercation of their bodies in its spread. Last Friday, the two Riverdale stars slammed Cosmopolitan Philippines for the unrealistic and disturbing editing of their bodies.
“It’s sad that you felt our bodies needed to be slimmed down. But Camila and I are f***ing beautiful as is,” Reinhart posted on her Instagram Stories during the International Women’s Day.
She also posted photos of her and Mendes and compared the photos published by Cosmopolitan US versus the Philippines counterpart. Their waists were visibly slimmed down by the Philippine magazine.
Mendes also wrote on her Instagram stories:
Lili Reinhart and I feel disrespected & disturbed by the sight of our photoshopped bodies in Cosmopolitan Philippines.
We want their readers to know that those bodies are not ours; they have been distorted from their natural beauty. We prefer to see our bodies the way they actually are.
The two stars described that what happened is an unrealistic way women are subjected to conform to beauty standards.
It’s an everyday battle sometimes. To see our bodies become so distorted in an editing process is a perfect example of the obstacles we have to overcome.
We are f***ing powerful, beautiful, and strong. We aren’t going to hide behind photoshop to conform to beauty standards… You can’t ‘fix’ us.
Cosmo Philippines is yet to respond about the incident. The photos of Reinhart and Mendes were already deleted from their accounts.