May 22nd, 2014
The Pretty Little Liars girl recently stripped down for a fun and sexy photo shoot for GQ.
And while the photos look great, many people are criticizing the magazine for overly photoshopping the already beautiful girls.
Actress Troian Bellasario took to her Instagram to address the controversy.
“So by now you have seen many a shot from #GQ and many people have said that we were photoshopped… OF COURSE WE WERE! that’s a very specific type of photo shoot. And looking very blown out and perfected was obviously what they were looking for. Great. Cool. As long as we acknowledge how it was achieved so we know it’s not real,” she said.
“It’s the same way on the posters of our show and even in women’s magazines. This industry seems to invest more in perfection than in flaw. But flaw and individuality, to me, are what make a human being interesting, they make our stories worth telling. (Unfortunately the flaws don’t usually sell products or magazines)”
She then posted some behind the scenes photos.
But Troian appreciates the photos for what they are. “I’m not mad at how these pictures turned out, the girls and I had an absolute blast. More fun than we’ve had on a photoshoot in a while, and I think you can see that in our eyes and smiles.” she said.
Troian has expressed her struggle with eating disorders in the past, as well as other PLL cast members. Now she is in a good healthy place with her body.
“I’m proud of my body and the way it looks because @themarkwildman kicks my butt in aerial. But my hips and thighs are a part of me (even though they magically weren’t in some shots!) I get those things from my momma. And I’m happy To shake what my momma gave me,” she ended her Instagram rant.
Ashley Benson (Hanna) has also called out ABC Family for photo shopping promotional photos in the past. It’s refreshing to see celebrities acknowledge the use of photoshop.
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