Even before Photoshop existed in 1988, magazines carefully crafted the apearances of celebrities on their covers. Digital editing takes that to another degree, and also helps celebrities make those changes themselves.
It’s always been a problem. One of the major criticisms that celebrity photoshopping gets is that it promotes unrealistic body standards — especially for women. When it comes to social media, celebrities themselves are also sometimes complicit in posting Photoshopped selfies.
Here are 35 celebrity Photoshop disasters that didn’t work as well as planned.
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Lena Dunham was clearly missing an arm in this 2014 Vogue cover shoot.
Other photos from the shoot were also heavily Photoshopped, but Dunham was okay with it. She told Slate that she saw the Photoshoot as a fantasy, not something that was supposed to emulate real life.
“Vogue isn’t the place that we go to look at realistic women,” she said. “Vogue is the place that we go to look at beautiful clothes and fancy places and escapism and so I feel like if the story reflects me and I happen to be wearing a beautiful Prada dress and surrounded by beautiful men and dogs, what’s the problem?”
In October of 2015, singer-actress Zendaya found her body looking different in Modeliste magazine.
She took to Instagram to reveal she was “shocked when I found my 19 year old hips and torso quite manipulated.”
Fans called out this Kylie Jenner selfie for Photoshop.