Vile child pho­to­shop­ping trend

The Western Star - - TRENDING - Natalie Reilly

LAST month Khloe Kar­dashian posted a photo of her daugh­ter True to In­sta­gram.

A day later, she had to dis­able the com­ments. The rea­son? Too many of her 79 mil­lion fol­low­ers were ac­cus­ing the new mother of us­ing the edit­ing app Face­tune on her baby’s face.

Slap­ping a puppy dog nose fil­ter on to your in­fant is no crime, es­pe­cially if, like the Kar­dashi­ans, you’d pre­fer not to ex­pose the ex­act fea­tures of your child’s vis­age to the world.

But ac­cord­ing to nu­mer­ous com­menters, Khloe had red­dened her baby’s cheeks, whitened her eyes, and blurred out “im­per­fec­tions”.

Per­haps this is what we should ex­pect from a re­al­ity TV star but like al­most ev­ery­thing the Kar­dashi­ans do, it’s looked upon as ex­treme and gar­ish, un­til that friend from high school starts do­ing it, too.

It’s al­ready hap­pen­ing. A few weeks ago I was scrolling through my In­sta­gram when I no­ticed some­thing odd.

A woman I’ll call Karen had posted a photo of her­self with her brood. Two boys, a girl – all un­der 10.

Look­ing closely at Karen’s daugh­ter, I no­ticed one leg ap­peared thin­ner than the other. I saw the tell­tale signs of an edit­ing app: the jagged back­ground, the way the tree be­hind her bent.

This girl could not be any older than eight, and al­ready her own mother had de­cided her legs were too large for In­sta­gram. Surely “slim­ming down” your kid is cross­ing a line.


Did Khloe Kar­dashian al­ter this In­sta­gram im­age?

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