Model reveals how ‘body positive’ agencies are editing photos

‘My pictures are manipulated into the “ideal” curvy hourglass figure’: Sports Illustrated model shares eye-opening video showing how ‘body positive’ agencies are editing her photos

  • Model Kate Wasley has revealed how her plus-size physique was airbrushed  
  • The Australian took part in campaigns that boasted about the ‘beauty of curves’
  • The Sports Illustrated model shared eye-opening video of herself being edited

Sports Illustrated model Kate Wasley has revealed how her plus-size physique was airbrushed in campaigns that boasted about the ‘beauty of curves’.

The size 16 model, from Perth but now lives in London, shared an eye-opening video of herself to demonstrate how social media pictures can look different from reality in a matter of seconds.

Showing the comparisons side-by-side on Instagram, Kate’s skin was smoothed out, the size of her breasts were enhanced, her ‘cellulite’ was nowhere to be seen and her waistline was nipped in.

‘When you’re looking through Instagram, take everything in with a grain of salt. Not just at straight size models or slim people but also at the plus size bodies,’ she said.

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Sports Illustrated model Kate Wasley shared an eye-opening video of herself to demonstrate how social media pictures can look different from reality in a matter of seconds

‘Diversity is a great thing and I hope it continues to have its moment until it becomes the norm. 

‘The reason I say to look critically is because I have been in campaigns boasting the beauty of curves and even campaigns that claim to be unphotoshopped that I have in fact been photoshopped in.’

Kate revealed the Photoshop tweaks she noticed in her pictures after taking part in campaigns that even promote body positivity.

‘I’ve been smoothed out and reshaped to have my “curves” sitting in exactly the right place,’ she said. 

‘Sometimes I wonder what the point of having a diverse campaign if it’s still manipulated into the “ideal” curvy hourglass figure.

‘My cellulite and stretch marks always seem to be left as they are because they’re “trending” and seem to gain a lot of praise but photoshopped out my “hip dips” and shrunk my waist.

‘So if you have “hip dips”, cellulite, a large waist or boobs and a butt that isn’t perky, remember just cause you don’t see it doesn’t mean you’re not just as normal as the next girl.’

And it isn’t the first time Kate has spoken out about people going to extreme lengths to look flawless in photographs using Photoshop.

‘It takes so little time to alter a photo and so little time to compare yourself to the altered reality we constantly see on Instagram,’ Kate said in October last year.

‘It might be Photoshop, it might be a pose, it might be that the person you’re comparing yourself to is a completely different build and body type to you.

‘When you compare yourself to someone online, you’re probably thinking of yourself at your worst and you’re comparing that to someone’s best fragments of their life that they choose to share with the world.’

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