Just call it "Perfection Isn't Real 101".
Once upon a time, photo editing was reserved only for the models and celebs gracing glossy magazine covers. Now? Anyone can digitally alter their appearance with a few taps of an app on their cellphone. Selfies aren't really selfies anymore because it's super easy to edit your appearance to make the photo look like anyone else but yourself. Model and body positive champion Iskra Lawrence set out to prove that things aren't always as they seem on social media with side-by-side images of herself—one raw and the other retouched.
"Shocking it only took me about 10 minutes to Photoshop myself to 'perfection.' But WTF is perfect," Lawrence asked on Instagram. Good question, Iskra
🚫 shocking it only took me about 10minutes to photoshop myself to "perfection". But WTF is perfect? We weren't born thinking flaws made you less beautiful we are taught by society and the media that we should feel insecure about our flaws so we buy into certain products etc to "improve" or attain perfection. I wanted to post the unretouched pic right next to the retouched one so you could see the impact of how a few edits all done on my phone can completely change the way someone looks. I can't leave home everyday retouched & live in the "real world" airbrushed so why would I want to pretend to be online❓we are beautiful because we are us and we are so much more than our appearance. I hope when you see what looks like perfect flawless images of ppl online you don't not ever feel insecure or less beautiful because it's not real. What's real is you and you are good enough cus those "flaws" make you completely unique. 🦄✨ #iskralawrence #everyBODYisbeautiful 👙 @simplybeuk Tag a friend who is beautiful just being the REAL them🙌✨
In the edited image, Lawrence slimmed her waist and arms, enhanced her chest, and noticeably smoothed the texture of her skin on her legs.
"I wanted to post the unretouched pic right next to the retouched one so you could see the impact of how a few edits all done on my phone can completely change the way someone looks," writes Lawrence. "I can't leave home everyday retouched and live in the 'real world' airbrushed, so why would I want to pretend to be online?"
Excellent point and food for thought the next time you're thinking about using Facetune on your own image. Love the beautiful person you are now, not the unrealistic "perfect" version you're convinced others want to see.
This article originally appeared on InStyle.com/MIMI.