Ridiculous Beauty Photo-Editing App Spawns Fears Of Catfishing On Social Media
By Yimin Huang, 06 Jun 2019
Catfishing is becoming considerably easier with Photoshop and filters readily available to the masses. However, new photo-editing software might make it shockingly simple to transform people’s figures in a matter of seconds.
Social media users have unearthed an ad by an app called ‘Photolift’, developed by Turkish-based Mimoza Bilgi Teknolojileri Limited Sirketi, which claims to make it “so easy to create your dream appearance and look sexy in seconds.”
People who have downloaded the tool are sharing the incredibly rapid process it took to reshape their figures in the app with just a simple drawing to slim down the waist or enlarge breasts. With such quick measures, there seems no longer a need to pick up manual photo-editing skills or make drastic changes to one’s looks.
One Twitter user has called the effects from the app “terrifying.”
Others also point to the harmful impact it can have on societal beauty standards for women. Even actress Jameela Jamil had stepped in to comment that it not only hurts to witness how women are chasing unrealistic ideals, but also “affects how men see us [women]” as they get accustomed to heavily-manicured images.
This is just one of the many apps that could make catfishing considerably easier. Other apps like ‘Meitu’, ‘Facetune’ and ‘Airbrush’ have gained popularity for functions that let users edit out facial imperfections, retouch makeup, brighten their complexions and liquify their bodies.
As of 2017, catfishing victims lost a total of US$211.3 million. It is also the second costliest cybercrime, according to a report by FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.
Fortunately, there are some who are just having fun with Photolift by jokingly contorting their bodies and surroundings. Hopefully, apps like this one would not lead to a spike in catfishing incidents and more people wrapping their self-esteem in their body shapes.
This is terrifying my god pic.twitter.com/wocmVAeC6j— sierra (@sssssssssierra) June 3, 2019
hold on pic.twitter.com/thUcZhyzt3— Ginny🦋 (@gwenny_pig) June 4, 2019
lmaooo i added a tattoo pic.twitter.com/bqz46SegpB— RestEasyLJ❤️ (@shonny__) June 4, 2019
New body shape, who dis? 💀 pic.twitter.com/9nNRZDLKly— B. (@dogscoffeegod) June 4, 2019
Now I can be sLiM tHiCcCcc pic.twitter.com/QEcwvXhb0P— caiterpie (@CatKatLe) June 5, 2019
Not only does this hurt us and how we see ourselves. It also affects how men see us. They cannot help but become hypernormalized to these images and their brains naturally become accustomed to this aesthetic. Which in turn can *genuinely* impact their attraction to us. Just STOP. https://t.co/oLf98aqASr— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) June 4, 2019
[via LADbible, cover image via Photolift]
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