May 22, 2014

Ever since we interviewed them a couple years back, we’ve been smitten with the women (and men) of ABC’s Pretty Little Liars for both, you know, the usual reasons, but also their ability to showcase the multi-faceted side of being a teenager in confusing times. One of those complicated issues, which happens a bit more often to the type of women getting their pictures taken by glossy fashion magazines, but also applies across the board in the age of Instagram, is the pressure to appear perfect.

A photoshoot the cast did for an upcoming issue of GQ magazine has brought those issues to light, yet again, with some, like The Gloss, calling the photos a “hack job.” (LOL at this one. Nice human waist.) Troian Bellisario took to Instagram to share her thoughts on the experience of being “improved”, and posted the un-retouched image below, which is clearly unfit for publication in its disgusting, fleshy humanity. (h/t Cosmo).

“So by now you have seen many a shot from GQ and many people have said that we were photoshopped… OF COURSE WE WERE! That’s a very specific type of photo shoot. And looking very blown out and perfected was obviously what they were looking for. Great. Cool. As long as we acknowledge how it was achieved so we know it’s not real… I’m not mad at how these pictures turned out, the girls and I had an absolute blast. More fun than we’ve had on a photoshoot in a while, and I think you can see that in our eyes and smiles.

But it’s the same everywhere. It’s the same way on the posters of our show and even in women’s magazines. This industry seems to invest more in perfection than in flaw. But flaw and individuality, to me, are what make a human being interesting, they make our stories worth telling. (Unfortunately the flaws don’t usually sell products or magazines) I’m proud of my body and the way it looks… But my hips and thighs are a part of me (even though they magically weren’t in some shots!) I get those things from my momma. And I’m happy to shake what my momma gave me.”

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