Demi Lovato is calling out edited images that “reinforce impossible beauty standards.”
Responding to a recent social media trend that shows celebrities retouched to fit current influencer aesthetics, Demi Lovato shared a message to her fans on Instagram that “sometimes fan art can seem harmless, but be careful if you’re constantly editing your idol’s pictures.” She continued, “Reinforcing impossible beauty standards onto your favorite actress/singer/model not only rude, dumb, [and] harmful to your own beauty standards and ideals.”
In addition to her own commentary, Demi Lovato shared more context from journalist Danae Mercer featuring before and after retouched images of Margot Robbie.
“PHOTOSHOPPING accounts are popping up EVERYWHERE - making already stunning celebrities ‘MORE BEAUTIFUL’ or transforming pieces of art to fit today’s FACETUNED AESTHETIC. And more of these kinds of accounts are appearing by the day,” Mercer wrote. “The images of the FACETUNED CELEBRITIES feels jarring. The same goes for the ‘enhanced’ art. But we see these kinds of edits every. single. day.”
Mercer also issued a warning to social media users not to look at the world through a “lens that is filtered in so many ways.”
Fans commented on Mercer’s post expressing concern along with their own experiences with the photoshopping and filter trend on social media.
“I get annoyed that every “beauty” filter wants to turn my brown eyes blue. Like wtf? I can’t have brown eyes now?” one person said. “Thank you for calling this out, I’ve been seeing it a lot lately and it really bothers me,” another person wrote. “Horrible... imperfections are unique and beautiful,” someone commented.
With social media putting more pressure on women to adhere to certain beauty standards, celebrities like Demi Lovato have publicly discussed their struggles with body image. In February, Lovato spoke with Ashley Graham on an episode of her podcast Pretty Big Deal and opened up about her extreme dieting prior to her overdose and how she was still learning how to love her body.
“I would love to be in a place where I could say I’m super confident in my body,” Demi Lovato said. “But the reality is I’m not. I just am not.”