It feels like once a month a model makes a point to call out some heavy-handed Photoshop artists. When will the media realize that not only is the general public so over being sold unrealistic images of beauty, but that the actual models and talent whose faces and bods are used to sell clothes/jewellery/cosmetics/technology are done with this fake version of reality, too.
Model La’Tecia Thomas is the latest to acknowledge an overly airbrushed image of herself. The Australian beauty uploaded side-by-side images, which she says were taken around the same time, to Instagram this week.
On the left is her in a red lace teddy, smooth thighs and arms and a clear face, all photoshopped to perfection. On the right is also Thomas, this time in a red two-piece swimsuit, the photo completely raw and unedited.
She’s gorgeous in both photos, but very clearly, the one on the right does look more human than the one on the left.
“What you see online or in the media isn’t always the complete truth. This is not about putting anyone on blast but more so a reminder to not compare yourself to anyone else,” Thomas writes on her Instagram page.
The model goes on to say that she too feels the pressure of unrealistic beauty standards, even when she sees a manipulated image of herself.
“When I look at the left images I’m like damn can I please look like that and its Fk$!n ME!?! If I can’t be that person on the left (which is absurd because it’s me) then I can only imagine the effect this has on women.”
Thomas notes that she doesn’t always have control over what brands and businesses ended up doing with images she’s photographed in, so that’s why she feels the need to be honest on social media. It’s a refreshing message and one that her 660,000 strong audience should applaud her for. Or maybe a full-on standing ovation?
“I think both images are beautiful, but be realistic with yourself, you don’t need to look a certain way to be appreciated and know that you’re worthy,” she adds.
The truth is, Thomas is a natural beauty–just look at this no-makeup selfie she uploaded this week:
If the industry feels the need to enhance the beauty of the already beautiful, how the heck are the rest of us ever supposed to compete!?
Fortunately, we have models like Thomas who are fighting to be transparent about the fakeness that affects parts of the fashion and beauty industry, and shops like CVS in the States taking steps to ban manipulated photos on their beauty shelves. They’re all small steps towards solving a bigger issue, but sometimes it takes a hundred little actions to make something stick.