Zendaya Speaks Out Against Photoshop

By Alexa Matthews

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It’s hard to imagine anyone wanting to Photoshop singer/actress Zendaya’s image, but one magazine’s editors did. And when our girl Z found out, she wasn’t having any of it!

As the cover girl for the November 2015 issue of Modeliste magazine, Zendaya posed for a fashion shoot. When she saw the final, retouched images in print, though, she noticed parts of her body had been slimmed down to make her appear skinnier and less curvy than she really is—so she took a stand.

Immediately, she shared the images side by side on Instagram with this message:

“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.” —Zendaya

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Modeliste editors agreed that the images were overly edited and pulled the issues from stands, replacing them with the original pics. Editor-in-chief Amy McCabe apologized for the pictures in a statement she shared on modelistemagazine.com.

“Upon review of the final edited images, which had been submitted to us by an independent editing company, together, as a collaboration between myself, Zendaya and her parents, we concluded that the images had been retouched to an extent that was not acceptable and not true to the values and ideals we represent and promote in our publication,” McCabe wrote.

Modeliste advocates positive body image, self love and the empowerment of women. We are all beautiful and unique in our own way, and it is through these differences that make us who we are as individuals. There are so many issues with public body shaming, negativity on the Internet and social media, personal attacks on celebrities, and such an intense focus on weight and body issues in media that has created a distorted reality, and for many, a negative internal dialogue, eating disorders, and an unrealistic and often confused expectation of what is real.”

“Thank you @modelistemagazine for pulling down the images and fixing this retouch issue,” Zendaya later added to the original Instagram post.

The message the media should be hearing? Don’t pull a fast one on Zendaya—she may have just graduated high school, but she’s got beauty and brains.

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Reprinted with permission from girlslife.com. Photos courtesy of Zendaya and Modeliste magazine.

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