It's 2018, and yet women are still being shamed and objectified over their bodies. It's scientifically proven that it's unattainable to have a "model" body type, which is defined by America's made-up body standards. According to science, 90% of women have cellulite and 70% of women have stretch marks. The fact that we're still living in a society that digitally alters the appearance of women's bodies to something that is physically impossible to look like is heartbreaking. A recent unfortunate photoshopping incident happened to Riverdale star Lili Reinhart and (rightfully so) she did not stay silent about it.
On Thursday, which happened to be International Women's Day, Reinhart called out Cosmopolitan Philippines for photoshopping a photo of her waist to an abnormally small size. The photo was from an original photo shoot the actress did with Cosmopolitan U.S. On her Instagram story, she began by acknowledging the vast improvement society has made with women's rights: "Over the last year, we've seen an unprecedented movement for women's rights, and one thing is clear: our time is now. We are phenomenal and we will make the world a better place for all women." She writes, "But we still have a long way to go. Our fight is not over."
She then posted the original photo from her February shoot with Cosmopolitan U.S., followed by the photoshopped photo from Cosmopolitan Philippines revealing a noticeable difference in the digital alteration of her waistline. She circled her waist and wrote: This is how my waist was photoshopped from Cosmo Philippines.
The magazine also photoshopped a photo of Camila Mendes's waist the same exact way, which Reinhart also posted, showing the original and altered images. "Camila and I have worked incredibly hard to feel confident and comfortable in the bodies we have," she writes next. "It's an everyday battle sometimes. And to see our bodies become so distorted in an editing process is the perfect example of the obstacles we have yet to overcome."
Mendes also spoke out on the photoshopping issue on her Instagram page stating: "@lilireinhart and I feel disrespected and disturbed by the sight of our photoshopped bodies in @cosmolitan_philippines. We want their readers to know that those bodies are not ours; they have been distorted from their natural beauty. We prefer to see our bodies the way they actually are. I'm not interested in having a slimmer waist, I'm more satisfied with the one that I already have."
Mendes and Reinhart are both right. This is a glaring example that more progress needs to be made when it comes to society's perception of body types. Thanks to powerful campaigns like Glossier's Body Hero ad, which showcased women of all body types celebrating the skin they're in and inspiring celebrities who use their platform to speak out on body positivity, we're not letting this issue sit by the waste side. Let's continue to love and celebrate our real bodies and never feel the need to change ourselves for anyone.