Lili Reinhart and Cami Mendes slammed “Cosmo Philippines” for Photoshopping their waists, and how is this still happening?
One of the best things to come out of the internet is the #BodyPositive movement. Because of it, we’re seeing retailers and advertisers do away with Photoshop and airbrushing. Each day that goes by we think we’re making progress towards equality and representation in media, and then something like this happens: Riverdale stars Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes posed for the February U.S. edition of Cosmopolitan but were shocked to find that the images were also used in Cosmo Philippines and Photoshopped to have extremely small waists. Reinhart and Mendes saw the edited images and were having none of it.
“Camila and I have worked incredibly hard to feel confident and comfortable in the bodies that we have. It’s an every day battle, sometimes,” Reinhart wrote on her Instagram story. “To see our bodies become so distorted in an editing process is a perfect example of the obstacles we have yet to overcome.”
"We are fucking powerful, beautiful, and strong...we aren't going to hide behind photoshop to conform to beauty standards," Reinhart continued. "It’s sad that you felt our bodies needed to be slimmed down. But Camila and I are fucking beautiful. As is. And you can’t ‘fix’ us.
"[Lili] and I feel disrespected and disturbed by the sight of our photoshopped bodies," Mendes shared in her own Instagram Story. "We want our readers to know that those bodies are not ours; they have been distorted from their natural beauty. we prefer to see our bodies the way they actually are. i'm not interested in having a slimmer waist, i'm more than satisfied with the one that i already have."
They both punctuated their thoughts by thanking the U.S. Cosmo for keeping their bodies in their true forms.
The irony of this happening on International Women’s Day is not lost on any of us.