Actress Kate Winslet is taking a very public stand against unrealistic beauty retouching in the ad industry. In fact Winslet has always been rather outspoken for her distaste in overdone photoshop usage. Winslet has even included a “no retouching” clause in her modeling contract with cosmetic giant L’Oréal.
“I can only ever speak for myself and I can only ever do things that are important to me,” Winslet said when asked if she thinks other celebrities will follow her lead. “It’s a hope that other people might follow suit but it does feel important to me because I do think we have a responsibility to the younger generation of women.”
“I think they do look to magazines, I think they do look to women who have been successful in their chosen careers and they want people to look up to,” Winslet says. “I would always want to be telling the truth about who I am to that generation because they’ve got to have strong leaders.”
“We’re all responsible for raising strong young women, so these are things that are important to me.”
Winslet is no stranger to having her image retouched after a photo shoot. In 2003, she complained about GQ reducing the width of her legs “by about a third.” And then in 2013, Vogue heavily airbrushed her face in a cover photo so much so that there was nothing on her face resembling a line or a skin pore!
Winslet spoke out about the magazine covers as soon as they hit the stands, saying she was appalled that the editors felt the need to alter her image like that. Winslet says she is very happy with the way she looks and sees no reason for airbrushing any part of her face or body.
Winslet’s L’Oreal contract term is now getting plenty of attention from the press and is sparking new conversation about the role of Photoshop in the media.
A few days ago, 19-year-old actress Zendaya also spoke out publicly about an image of her that was retouched for a fashion magazine. The editors for some reason felt the need to slim her hips and torso!
How ridiculous that even already thin celebrities are not immune from being photoshopped. What message is this sending to our young girls? That even if you are gorgeous and skinny, it’s still not perfect enough? That your worth is based solely on the way you look and even that can be altered and re-imaged to fit into the ridiculously high standards held by the fashion industry?
Good on these women for standing up to the industry that does nothing but perpetuate unrealistic beauty standards for men and women!
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