Lili Reinhart Slams Photoshop App For ‘Detrimental Psychological Effects’
Lili Reinhart is not too busy with her skyrocket to fame to talk about the real stuff that her fans are dealing with, as she showed this weekend with a series of Instagram Stories blasting a photoshopping app she came across that advertises as a “make me slim, skinny booth.” The app, called BodyTune, shows a full-body photo altered to make the model appear with thinner arms, a flat stomach, bigger booty, and skinnier legs.
“This is not okay. This is why people develop eating disorders. This is why social media has become to hazardous to our health. This is why people have unrealistic expectations of their bodies,” she wrote. “I implore you: do not use these kinds of apps. If you photoshop your body, you are adding to this problem.”
She continued, “This is how unrealistic standards of human bodies have been created— to the point where people alter their bodies surgically to achieve unattainable results… We are better than this. Looking ‘skinnier’ in a photo on Instagram is not worth the detrimental psychological effects that these photoshopping apps have given our generation.”
She then wrote, “Our bodies should not conform to ‘one size fits all.’ … People who use these apps and alter their bodies are clearly suffering from low self esteem, body dysmorphia, or other mental health problems.”
The 22-year-old actress has previously spoken of her struggle with body dysmorphia. “Even today, I see myself in the mirror and think, this doesn’t look the way the world tells me it should. I don’t have a cinched, minuscule waist. I do have curves, I have cellulite, my arms aren’t stick thin,” she told Glamour UK.
Lili’s text posts didn’t end there. “If we applaud and praise the men and women who photoshop the sh*t out of themselves, it’s only encouraging them to continue. And to feel like the only way they will be accepted is if they keep altering themselves… Once you alleviate yourself of the pressure to conform to FAKE/UNREAL standards… the world is a lot brighter. I promise you.”
Lili and her Riverdale costar Camila Mendes once put Cosmopolitan Philippines on blast for altering their waists on the cover of their magazine. Lili said (also via Instagram Stories), “We are f*cking powerful, beautiful, and strong… we aren’t going to hide behind photoshop to confirm to beauty standards.”
Nowadays, photoshopping and FaceTuning your body and face for IG posts is not uncommon. In fact, many celebrities have been caught altering their photos and some have differing opinions on whether this practice is harmful or harmless. Clearly, Lili falls directly on one side of the argument — and staunchly objects it.