In 2013, Jennifer Lawrence appeared on the cover of Flare Magazine, very heavily Photoshopped— they moved bones. Lawrence has been known to speak out about struggles she faces in Hollywood regarding weight or appearance and is an advocate for body image positivity.
On the right is Lawrence, un-retouched and stunning. On the left is the edited image, where as you can see her collar bone moved a little lower because the bones were just unbearable before, right?
In an interview with Yahoo! following the images release Lawrence explained about how she felt about the issue, “the world has this idea that if you don’t look like an airbrushed perfect model,” she said. “You have to see past it. You look how you look, you have to be comfortable. What are you going to do? Be hungry every single day to make other people happy? That’s just dumb.”
Obviously Lawrence does not approve of the heavy handed airbrushing and reconfiguration of her appearance…. but if you look closer at the images you’ll notice something else is missing from the retouched photograph. Lawrence’s moles, like model Gigi Hadid, Lawrence too has fallen victim to the removal of something which makes her inherently unique and beautiful for the sake of flawless, airbrushed skin.
Today, Cosmopolitan posted 10 photographs of the actress sans moles, to show that you really never know what is being removed in editing.
First, Lawrence as she appears in real life:
Then the moles make their disappearance thanks to the magic of Photoshop.
What exactly is wrong with leaving people’s bodies how they appear naturally? Would it eliminate some of the insecurities projected onto us by not seeing flawless airbrushed images everywhere we look? It would be nice to see something a little more real and human — especially when the editing isn’t necessary in the first place.