Two plus-sized models are taking matters into their own hands and fighting back against body shaming and unrealistic beauty expectations in the media.
Diana Sirokai and Callie Thorpe took a photograph together and had it photoshopped in the same way it would be for publication, then released a before and after version of the image.
The result was ridiculous. The models were virtually unrecognisable.
The goal was to show us how heavily images of women in the media are photoshopped to manipulate us as consumers to viewing them, our role models, as perfect individuals.
The models have each shared the before and after shots with a “swipe for reality” message and their own, personal message of encouragement.
Swipe for reality ? It's no wonder women are laden with insecurities. For years we have been subjected to perfect airbrushed and often altered images across the media. Whilst photoshop has its place and need in some parts of industries this is the extreme when it comes to editing, it just goes to show how much we can really alter ourselves. I think @dianasirokai and I look perfect just as we are, two friends smiling for a photo. We want to show women that it's okay to look 'normal' to have cellulite, stretch marks and tummies that aren't flat and toned. Be happy with you who you are and the skin you are in ? Thank you to @photo_karizza for creating these for us!
SWIPE FOR REALITY ? Myself and @calliethorpe have asked our photographer @photo_karizza to use photoshop on us. I have to say we look Amazing both ways. The purpose of this was to show you all how magazines and the media takes editing to a different level. Models and celebrities do not even look like theirselves. We live in such a fake world its time to bring real back. Own who you are and slay ! #AConfidentYou
The photo has been shared and liked by many other Instagram users including the photographer herself, who adde her own emotional message while sharing the image.
“I always hated myself for few extra pounds and now it is time to protect girls from being unconfident, from anorexia, bulimia and many others psychological problems. I don’t say that we should gain weight because it is new fashion! My aim is to help girls find their inner beauty and prove them that we are all unique”
With these 2 beauties @dianasirokai and @calliethorpe we decided to show how misleading photoshop can be and I am honored and happy to realize that whole world supported us in our aim to show ladies that models in magazines are not perfect as we see them. I always hated myself for few extra pounds and now it is time to protect girls from being unconfident, from anorexia, bulimia and many others psychological problems. I don’t say that we should gain weigh because it is new fashion ! My aim is to help girls find their inner beauty and prove them that we are all unique, we should accept and live our bodies because it is the first and only step to change yourself the way you want! I am happy that it is second time this year huge portals of almost every country in the world supported us in our mission! #karizza #phototographer #photo #model #plussizemodel #plussize #plussizefashion #effyourbeautystandards #bodypositive #curvygirl #curvy #photoshop #worldstar #celebratemysize #london #newyork
This is bound to make you think twice before trusting anything printed in the media!