Actress Jameela Jamil Divulges Why She Thinks Airbrushing Should Be ‘Banned’
By Mikelle Leow, 04 Dec 2018
Image via Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com
British actress Jameela Jamil is not going down without a fight when it comes to society’s warped beauty ideals. Not only is she strongly against being edited in photos, but she also placed her breast stretch marks on show in a shoot, as well as lambasted a brand for displaying an advertisement for diet lollipops on a billboard in Times Square.
Now, she’s doubled down on the dangers of airbrushing in a recent interview with the BBC, along with a series of tweets that have since garnered thousands of shares.
On Twitter, The Good Place star posted magazine covers fronted by veteran celebrities Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Nicole Kidman, and Sandra Bullock. She pointed out that publications were unafraid about applying HDR effects on the men but opted to soften the skin of female celebrities.
“This is how we portray men in their 50s on magazine covers and women in their 50s. Look at the difference,” Jamil tweeted. “Men who age are sexy in HD. Women mostly just shouldn’t dare age. Men can celebrate the inevitable, we must fear it.”
“How is this ethical or even legal?” she asked the BBC. She also described what she felt about photo-editing apps like Photoshop: “It is anti-feminist. It is ageist. It is fat-phobic. It looks weird.”
Society needs to see more wrinkles, cellulite, stretch marks, and spots, or it will get “allergic to them,” she maintained.
“We need to be honest with ourselves and with each other so that we can all be free.”
An example of Photoshop being weaponised against women: This is how we portray men in their 50s on magazine covers and women in their 50s. Look at the difference. Men who age are sexy in HD. Women mostly just shouldn’t dare age. Men can celebrate the inevitable, we must fear it. pic.twitter.com/XKykaZuiYf— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) December 2, 2018
Photoshop in advertising and magazines is so often used in ways that are ageist, ableist, fatphobic, racist and deeply sexist. It does more harm than good. We are making people almost allergic to the mere sight of normal human features. This only ends badly.— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) December 2, 2018
I haven’t banned all photoshop of myself because I’m being some sort of martyr for women, I’m doing it for MY mental health, so I don’t set myself up for a fall when I look in the mirror, after seeing a digitally enhanced “flawless” avatar. I don’t want the pressure or scrutiny.— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) December 2, 2018
[via Mashable, cover image via Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com]
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