Lili Reinhart And Camila Mendes Just Slammed A Magazine For Photoshopping Them

Diply 9 Mar 2018

Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes from Riverdale just put Cosmopolitan Philippines on blast for photoshopping images of them from a recent photoshoot.

Both actresses took to social media to express their disappointment and anger over the photoshopped images, and they didn't pull their punches...

This is Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes.

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They play Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge, respectively, on the hit teen drama Riverdale.

Both ladies have been rocketed into fame since being cast on the popular show, and they have also graced the pages of countless magazines.

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Recently, Lili and Camila did a photoshoot together for Cosmopolitan Magazine.

Instagram | @camimendes

The duo appeared on the cover of the February issue of Cosmopolitan US.

Of course, both ladies looked completely stunning. In the accompanying interview, Camila talked about the importance of speaking up when something doesn't feel right.

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When Lili and Camila noticed that their waists had been very noticeably photoshopped for Cosmopolitan Philippines, they were quick to call out the magazine on Instagram. 

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Both actresses' waists had been distorted to make them appear way thinner than they did in the original photos.

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Lili made sure to point out the fact that the photoshopped images were posted on International Women's Day. 

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"Over the last year, we've seen an unprecedented movement for women's rights, and one thing is clear: our time is now," wrote Lili in her Instagram story.

"But we still have a long way to go. Our fight is not over."

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She then posted a photo to her Instagram story of the original photograph of her in Cosmopolitan US. 

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Of course, Lili looks amazing in a matching pink two-piece.

It's crazy that anyone would look at this image and think it should be "improved" with retouching.

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Her next image showed the version that ran in Cosmopolitan Philippines. 

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It's easy to see how the magazine distorted her waist to make her appear slimmer.

This kind of photoshopping is dangerous because it glorifies an impossible beauty standard.

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The following two images showed how the magazine did the exact same kind of photoshopping to Camila Mendes. 

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This seriously has to stop because no one looks like that.

The changes that Cosmopolitan Philippines made to Lili and Camila's bodies are unnecessary and harmful.

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"Camila and I have worked incredibly hard to feel confident and comfortable in the bodies that we have," wrote Lili on Instagram. 

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"It's an everyday battle sometimes," she added.

Many of us can relate to the battle to think positively about our appearances.

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"To see our bodies become so distorted in an editing process is a perfect example of the obstacles we have yet to overcome," wrote Lili.  

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"So we cannot stop fighting. Our battle has only just begun," she continued.

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"We are f*ing powerful, beautiful, and strong," wrote Lili.

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"We aren't going to hide behind photoshop to conform to beauty standards," she added. "Camila and I are f***ing beautiful. As is. And you can't 'fix' us."This is the rallying cry I needed to hear.

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Camila Mendes also decided to address the photoshopped images in a post on her own Instagram. 

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"[Lili] and I feel disrespected and disturbed by the sight of our photoshopped bodies in @cosmopolitan_philippines," wrote Mendes.

Cosmopolitan Philippines has since removed the images from their Instagram page.

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"We want their readers to know that those bodies are not ours; they have been distorted from their natural beauty," Mendes continued. 

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"We prefer to see our bodies the way they actually are," she added.

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"I'm not interested in having a slimmer waist, I'm more satisfied with the one that I already have," said Mendes. 

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Mendes has been very vocal in the past about having anxiety about food and dieting. She often promotes having a healthy body image on her Instagram and Twitter.

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These types of overly photoshopped images are known to have negative effects on consumers.  

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This is because these images encourage people (especially young women) to strive for a body type that is completely unattainable and can lead to self-esteem problems and eating disorders.

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Fans of Lili and Camila were quick to show their support for the duo online.

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Many fans said that they were proud of the Riverdale stars calling out the magazine and for promoting a healthy body image.

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Other fans used their social media platforms to echo Lili and Camila and call out Cosmopolitan Philippines.

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"All women are beautiful. Photoshop not required," wrote one user, and we completely agree.

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But for the most part, fans were just rattled that a publication even bothered to photoshop Lili and Camila. 

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Honestly, what were they thinking? There's literally no excuse for photoshopping Lili and Camila. The unedited photos are so beautiful.

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One user pointed out that they are so used to seeing photoshopped images that they hardly noticed the difference at first.

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It's sad, but because we see photoshopped images like these all the time, it can be hard to recognize them.

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Lili and Camila are not the first actresses to call out a magazine for photoshopping. 

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Last year, Zendaya also took to Instagram to express her disappointment that she was photoshopped to look thinner in Modeliste Magazine.

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In 2014, Lorde also used social media to call out a publication for photoshopping her skin to make it appear smoother. 

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Lorde is often super candid on her social media platforms about her experiences with acne.

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In 2016, Kerry Washington called out Adweek for going a little crazy with the photoshop on her cover photo.

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"It felt strange to look at a picture of myself that is so different from what I look like when I look in the mirror. It's an unfortunate feeling," wrote Kerry.

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Emily Ratajowski was less than pleased to see her lips and chest photoshopped for the cover of French magazine Madame Figaro.

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"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," wrote Ratajowski.

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Lili concluded her Instagram story by encouraging other celebrities and public figures to stop photoshopping their pictures.  

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"It's only encouraging an unrealistic body image," wrote Lili. "It's adding to the problem."

She couldn't be more right, and we love that she brought this up.

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We love Lili and Camila for clapping back and for embracing their natural beauty. 

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Traditional or conventional beauty standards are a fabrication and need to be burnt to the ground. This is an important step, and I hope more celebs follow suit.

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