A magazine has pulled images of Zendaya Coleman after the singer complained she had been Photoshopped to look even skinnier than she already is. Zendaya was furious after her photos were edited to make her hips look slimmer than usual.
A furious Coleman said Photoshopping promotes unrealistic standards of beauty and could damage young girls’ self-esteem. “Had a new shoot come out today and was shocked when I found my 19 year old hips and torso quite manipulated,” Coleman wrote on Instagram Oct. 21. “These are the things that make women self-conscious, that create the unrealistic ideals of beauty that we have.”
Zendaya continued: “Anyone who knows who I am knows I stand for honest and pure self love. So I took it upon myself to release the real pic (right side) and I love it ?? Thank you @modelistemagazine for pulling down the images and fixing this retouch issue.”
It’s unclear why Modeliste Photoshopped Zendaya in the first place, when she’s already quite slender (see photo, far left). In response to the outrage, Amy McCabe, editor-in-chief of Modeliste magazine, immediately pulled the issue.
McCabe admitted in a statement that Zendaya’s images had been Photoshopped to an unacceptable extent:
“Upon review of the final edited images which had been submitted to us by an independent editing company, together as a collaborative between myself, Zendaya and her parents, we concluded that the images had been retouched to an extent that was not acceptable and not true to the values and ideals we represent and promote in our publication.
I, therefore, made the executive decision to immediately pull the issue in order to have this rectified and have the images restored to their original, natural state which will reflect the true beauty and radiance of Zendaya. We look forward to sharing these shortly upon the issue’s re-release.”
While the magazine industry has been called out for aggressively Photoshopping celebrities to zap wrinkles off their faces, smooth out cellulite and erase pounds off their bodies, the practice is commonplace.
This isn’t Zendaya Coleman’s first brush with controversy. In February 2015, Coleman slammed former E! News host Giuliana Rancic for joking that Zendaya probably “smells like patchouli oil or weed.” An outraged Zendaya suggested Rancic was making a racist implication that she must smoke marijuana because she had dreadlocks.
Giuliana later apologized for her remarks and left E! News. Zendaya stopped wearing dreadlocks in her hair shortly after that incident.