A photoshopped Flare Magazine cover of Jennifer Lawrence was slammed by fans who turned the photo into a Tumblr .gif to prove how heavily it had been retouched. Lawrence has been an outspoken advocate for promoting positive body images, and has criticized the media for perpetuating unrealistic standards of beauty. "I'm never going to starve myself for a part," she told Elle, and admitted that she often thinks of young girls who might be influenced by her, "I don't want little girls to be like, 'Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I'm going to skip dinner. That's something I was really conscious of during training ... I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong, not thin and underfed."
That's why we're sure the American Hustle actress, who believes, "it's better to look strong and healthy," was not too thrilled in 2011 when she discovered that Flare had Photoshopped her on their cover. Lawrence probably didn't appreciate how the mag had slimmed down her arms, hips, and waist and contoured her cheeks, lifted her breasts, and — strangely — lowered her clavicle.
Fans were shocked when a .gif showing the drastic changes made to Lawrence's body started circulating. The .gif highlights how many changes were made and how unnecessary they were. Maybe that's why Lawrence has been outspoken about the fact that she disagrees with the media's portrayal of women in the last few years.
"If anybody even tries to whisper the word 'diet,' I'm like, 'You can go f--- yourself,'" Lawrence stated in Harper's Bazaar UK after recalling a sad incident that taught her the nature of Hollywood. "I was young," Lawrence said. "It was just the kind of s--- that actresses have to go through. Somebody told me I was fat, that I was going to get fired if I didn't lose a certain amount of weight. They brought in pictures of me where I was basically naked, and told me to use them as motivation for my diet. It was just that. [Someone brought it up recently.] They thought that because of the way my career had gone, it wouldn't still hurt me. That somehow, after I won an Oscar, I'm above it all. 'You really still care about that?' Yeah. I was a little girl. I was hurt. It doesn't matter what accolades you get."
Photoshop has been a hot topic in the news, and U.K. lawmakers have even banned makeup ads that are unrealistic because they have been overly Photoshopped. One memorable ad that was banned following new laws featured Julia Roberts for Lancome. In 2012 Julia Bluhm, 14, got over 25,000 signatures on a petition to ban Photoshop in Seventeen magazine and the magazine promised not to alter model's faces or bodies. However, they did not say they would put a ban on all Photoshop.
Later, Emma Stydahar, 17, and Carina Cruz, 16, staged a protest outside of Teen Vogue's offices asking them to stop using Photoshop and to include more diversity within the pages of the teen magazine. After a tense meeting with editors, they ultimately felt like they hadn't been heard. But maybe if more celebrities speak out against the practice of Photoshopping the editors of fashion magazines will start to listen.
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