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.”
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.