When does picture editing go too far?
Kelly Brook, 38, recently admitted to altering her social media photos
Following celebs on Instagram can be hard. How does she always look so good? Can I afford that slay outfit? What are her diet secrets? It can often leave us feeling pretty rubbish about ourselves. Imagine how peeved you’d be then to find out your fave star is editing their photos.
It’s something that curvy TV star Kelly Brook has recently opened up about, insisting in a now-deleted Instagram post, ‘Yes I retouch my pictures! It is not because of my weight! We all do it.’ Err, is that an OK message to send to her 940K followers?
‘Of course there is technically nothing wrong with a bit of image tweaking,’ says author and behaviour expert Judi James. ‘But it is the constant use of this facility that should make celebs like Kelly, who’s a role model for curvier girls, think harder about this. It creates the expectation that you can have a curvier figure but without, say, a rounded tum. This can make girls feel ashamed of their normal body shapes, which might not be Kelly’s fault, but wouldn’t it be great if she were seen as gorgeous, tummy and all?’
It certainly would, so let’s all – celebs and ‘civilians’ alike – start embracing our little quirks more!
Kelly at Royal Ascot and, left, with her partner Jeremy Parisi in an image posted to her Instagram