Kit Steinkellner
April 27, 2015 9:19 am

You would think that a supermodel would get pretty comfortable with being Photoshopped all over the place, but, as it turns out, one of our favorite supermodels, Chrissy Teigen, has decided that with her personal photos, she’s no longer going to use photo-editing apps to change her appearance.

She launched her personal anti-Photoshop revolution by posting a photo to Instagram a few weeks back displaying the stretch marks on her inner thighs, a feature that tends to be airbrushed out of her professional shoots.

Then, as E! reports, Teigen explained the photo while appearing as a guest this past Friday on The Meredith Vieira Show.

” . . . I was bumping around in the kitchen and the door handle would just nick me every single time,” Teigen told Vieira. “And I was actually just taking a picture of the bruises and then I saw the stretch marks in there. I have those apps, the Facetune and Photoshopping ones, and I just didn’t feel like doing it anymore — and I’m never doing it again, because I think we forgot what normal people look like now.”

And Teigen didn’t stop there. It turns out, she had a LOT to say on the subject of Photoshopping.

“I mean, people are nip-tucking [their pictures]. It’s gotten to the point where they’re not smoothing their skin anymore, they are actually changing the shape of their body and everybody else. Nobody can compare to that when you’re fixing yourself so much . . . It started with Botox and everything, of course, but now it’s just grown into this Photoshop phenomenon and I’ve seen these women in person, they are not like that. Please know that.”

When we are surrounded by retouched photographs, it is so easy to forget that they’re not real, and it is so important for people who wield real power in the image world, like Chrissy Teigen, to speak out and ensure we don’t confuse Photoshop fantasy for IRL reality.

Image via Instagram

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