Zendaya would prefer not to channel sun-kissed Gumby. Thanks, though.
In yet another inspiring move from 19-year-old actress Zendaya Coleman, the Disney alum has taken a stand against magazine photoshop horrors.
When fashion mag Modeliste released Coleman's overly edited, saturated photos to the world, her reaction was far from apathetic. In a passionate Facebook post, she called out the magazine for its actions.
"Had a new shoot come out today and was shocked when I found my 19 year old hips and torso quite manipulated," she wrote. "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.
"Thank you @modelistemagazine for pulling down the images and fixing this retouch issue," she concluded.
The post is commendable. It seems Coleman has no problem sticking up for herself — as well as the young fans who look up to her as a role model.
Easily observed in screenshots of the two images (left being the photoshopped version and right being the original photo), the width of her hips was cut in half, her waist minimized to a long, straight line, and her face slimmed. It's also notable that the "artist" did an utter hack job on more than just her body; the buildings behind her on the left look like Dr. Seuss had at them.
In a world where high-profile personalities are defined by the nature of their shoots and body image, Coleman's decision to publicly condemn the actions of the magazine is paramount.
However, according to Modeliste Editor-in-Chief Amy McCabe, the photoshop fail was not the work of anyone under Modeliste's roof. In a response published just a day after Coleman's post, McCabe thanked the teen for "raising a very important issue."
"In light of our not-yet-released November issue, with Modeliste’s Cover Girl, Zendaya and the swirling controversy in regards to any re-touched images, I am compelled to publicly address this situation which was brought to my attention yesterday, personally by Zendaya," McCabe wrote on the site.
"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. I, therefore, made the executive decision to immediately pull the issue in order to have this rectified and have the images restored to their original, natural state which will reflect the true beauty and radiance of Zendaya."
Whether the editing was done by an "independent editing company" or not, McCabe's response is important. It demonstrates to magazines and those who run them that no one wants to see celebs stripped of their curves, photoshopped into barbie proportions.
No matter how fab that barbie is.