A Photoshop failure is an easy fix for someone with less than 300 Instagram followers. But for our girls Beyoncé and Lindsay Lohan, nothing goes unseen. For someone who sings about feminism and women running the world, fans grew understandably upset when Queen Bey posted a near unbelievable picture of herself on vacation. But should we be beating celebrities down for editing their photos?
Like so many women, Beyoncé clearly wanted that unattainable thigh gap.
While Photoshop use in media remains a touchy topic for consumers and celebs alike, it’s a slippery slope to start pointing figures at people when their own free will drove them to Photoshop their bodies. While we love and respect Beyoncé for her fiercely passionate attitude and beliefs, isn’t it just as critical to look down at a woman for her use of editing versus lack thereof?
An attractive physical appearance or the lack of is truly a double-edged sword for women in the entertainment industry. For Lohan and Knowles in particular, the intense scrutiny they’re under becomes a pressing and intimidating situation... that they remain perfect while still showing their flaws, all to seem talented yet relatable to fans.
When former child star Lindsay Lohan shared an Instagram photo that revealed another Photoshop mishap, it took a matter of seconds for internet trolls to quickly point out the mistake and shame Lohan. At the same time, Lohan's fluctuating weight and appearance is commonly criticized in the entertainment industry. It's a lose-lose situation.
This scrutiny extends to how celebrities are portrayed in magazines. After her controversial ELLE Magazine cover, television actress Mindy Kaling talked about what made people so riled up. Readers accused the magazine of trying to hide Kaling's "curvy" body and the fact that she is a woman of color because the photo was in black and white and cropped.
But Kaling felt and looked beautiful, so what was everyone’s beef? She shared with David Letterman in 2014 that she loved the photo, saying, "The implication was 'What, Elle, you can’t put her big, fat body on the magazine? Why? 'Cause she’s just fat and gruesome? Why can’t we look at her beautiful fat body?'"
And that’s hurtful because people are assuming that ELLE chose that particular cropped photograph over others because Kaling is curvy and a woman of color, not because she happens to look great.
Kaling said that when individuals expressed outrage on Kaling's behalf, letting Kaling know that they assumed the cropped photo was chosen because her "beautiful fat body" wasn't even worthy enough for ELLE’s cover, it wasn't helpful… and completely rude.
So for all the women who are proud enough to pose on a magazine, share a photo on Instagram, or even post a shameless selfie, let it be known that supporting those in front of the camera is the most effective tactic when moving forward.