Emily Ratajkowski claps back at magazine that photoshopped her boobs without permission
Contemporary feminist, certified babe and model/actress Emily Ratajkowski is known for her bold yet informed feminist and political opinions, as well as her bangin' bod. She caught everyone's attention way back with Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines video, where Ratajkowski casually danced around in the nude and made everyone's eyes fall out.
But since then, she's also let it be known that she's smart and principled, and is motivated to use her influence for what she thinks is right. This week she decided to point out to her almost 15 million Instagram followers a case of photoshopping to one of her images. And she was not cool with it.
Ratajkowski shared two images on Instagram showing before an after the digital touch-up. The image is of Ratajkowski wearing nothing but an oversized black coat, a beret and her trademark doe-eyed expression. The image was used for the cover of French magazine Madame Figaro, who photoshopped certain assets of Ratajkowski's that didn't go unnoticed.
Comparing the two images, it looks like Ratajkowski's lips have been made thinner and her breasts a little smaller and more lifted. Ratajkowski wrote that she was "extremely disappointed" to see the digital alterations to the image:
"Everyone is uniquely beautiful in their own ways. We all have insecurities about the things that make us different from a typical ideal of beauty. I, like so many of us, try every day to work past those insecurities. I was extremely disappointed to see my lips and breasts altered in photoshop on this cover."
You can clearly see the difference when looking at the images next to each other:
Fans commented on the Instagram post with support for Ratajkowski's stance. Some questioned why a magazine would want to make lips and breasts smaller than what they are in the first place. It goes to show the difference of beauty standards around the world, and the big part media has in subtly influencing an accepted kind of image. (On a side note: nowhere in the world can breasts overcome the natural phenomenon of gravity).
As Emily wrote in the post: "I hope the fashion industry will finally learn to stop trying to stifle the things that make us unique and instead begin to celebrate individuality."
She's faced criticisms before about being a self-proclaimed feminist, yet also posting sexy selfies on Instagram. To those remarks she coolly pointed out the double standards women face, and challenged stereotypes by pointing out that: "Our society tells women we can't be, say, sexy and confident and opinionated about politics. This would allow us too much power."
Ratajkowski continues to be a modern-day hero spreading positive messages to a community facing constant reminders about body image standards and ideals of beauty. Even Ratajkowski says she's got insecurities that she struggles to overcome.
Ratajkowski is one of many celebrities calling out magazines for their photoshopping images in ways that completely alter their actual features, alongside plus-sized model Iskra Lawrence, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Lawrence, Lady Gaga, Kerry Washington and Zendaya. New Zealand musician Lorde was also surprised with her newly photoshopped visage:
Thanks for keeping things real, guys.