Is it just us, or is there something in the water this week? Joining the likes of Selena Gomez and model Paloma Elsesser, Emily Ratajkowski just took to her Instagram account to make a big announcement regarding her body. Opening up about insecurity, industry pressures, and the captivating essence of individuality, the model and actress just came clean regarding a recent cover that allegedly photoshopped her breast and lip size. Considering that these are two (of the many) beautiful attributes she's known and applauded for, we were confused—and apparently, so was Ratajkowski. Why stifle someone's unique beauty?
The actress provided two distinct before and after photos within her post (click through to see both), and the difference is admittedly startling.
"Everyone is uniquely beautiful in their own ways. We all have insecurities about the things that make us different from a typical ideal of beauty. I, like so many of us, try every day to work past those insecurities," she wrote.
In reaction to the needless (and dare we say careless) adjustments, she continues, "I was extremely disappointed to see my lips and breasts altered in photoshop on this cover. I hope the fashion industry will finally learn to stop trying to stifle the things that make us unique and instead begin to celebrate individuality."
Well said, Emily, well said. After all, we all have that certain thing that gives us a ripple of insecurity—we're human—ethereally breathtaking models included. And to take the parts of a woman and reimagine what they "should" look like in order to cover a magazine is damaging and completely unacceptable.
What's more, Emily Ratajkowski is all the things our rigid society deems "desirable"—thin with pertly proportioned curves, pouty lips, and huge, sparkly eyes. So honestly, what gives? It feels as if the industry is never happy or satisfied, so we're siding with Ratajikowski—let's just be, shall we? Relishing in our individuality and having open, forgiving, honest conversations when our insecurities do creep in is what we should truly be fighting for. We need to all be in this together.