It’s no secret that celebrities often photoshop images of themselves before posting it to social media. While we all may enjoy putting a fun filter over an image, some celebrities take it too far and completely alter their body, creating an unrealistic and deceptive beauty standard.
Thankfully, one TikToker is committed to exposing this unattainable standard by comparing the original photographer’s image that can be found on Getty Images to the one that ends up on celebrities’ social media pages. And the differences are jaw dropping.
Overall, the body shaping involves a lot of smaller waists and smaller noses, and bigger hips and eyes. There’s even some who make their torsos longer for some extra height and others who are generous with their face lifts.
And it seems as if nearly all sorts of celebrities are editing their pictures to some extent. From A list actors to YouTube influencers, @bekahdayyy is leaving no one behind.
Many of the frequent guests in these viral videos happen to be influencers to young teens and are often upheld as the beauty standard. It’s especially disheartening that they’re promoting a digitally altered body that impressionable teens will try to emulate.
One of the biggest examples of editing their photos are the infamous Kardashians. For years, the entire family has been the prime example of “Instagram vs. Reality” as their photos uploaded to social media are drastically different from their paparazzi shots. Yet they have never acknowledged the difference in photos; instead, they promote harmful non-F.D.A. approved diet pills and rigorous workouts as the key to looking like they do.
While this TikToker is not the first to call out the unrealistic beauty standard perpetuated online, she certainly won’t be the last. Photo editing has been ingrained in social media for years and the effects of it are starting to come to light.
Studies have shown that social media has created a negative body image mentality among teens, and has even been a major cause in kids harming themselves. Earlier this year, Norway became the first country to pass a law requiring influencers and advertisers to label retouched photos in an effort to fight back against unrealistic beauty standards.
The U.S. has made no similar efforts to combat the harmful message spread online, but TikTokers like Bekah are committed to pushing back in any way they can. In the comment sections of her videos, other TikTokers have voiced their support for creating a realistic and unedited beauty standard — that doesn’t harm anyone or push them to unsafe habits.