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The debate of photo shopping vs. body positivity

Kristen Linnartz
Staff Writer

The longstanding debate over photo shopping on the covers of magazines has a new spokesperson; Kerry Washington. She isn’t the only celebrity, though, who is unhappy with the magazine industry. Amy Schumer calls out Glamour magazine for considering her “plus size.”

It’s no secret that body image is something not only women, but men as well, struggle with every day. Whether you’re a celebrity or just a regular college student avoiding the freshman fifteen, you’ve probably struggled with some sort of issue when it comes to what you see in the mirror.

The idea that everyone is beautiful no matter what you look like is being spread more and more, but unfortunately it isn’t enough. When you have beautiful, powerful and confident women like Kerry Washington and Amy Schumer being photo shopped or wrongfully labeled “plus size” by top magazines, it is easy to see why society is the way it is.

Washington posted a long message on Facebook regarding her photo shopped cover photo. “I love ADWEEK. It’s a publication I appreciate. And learn from. I’ve long followed them on Twitter. And when they invited me to do a cover, I was excited and thrilled. And the truth is, I’m still excited. I’m proud of the article. And I like some of the inside images a great deal. But, I have to be honest… I was taken aback by the cover,” she said. “It felt strange to look at a picture of myself that is so different from what I look like when I look in the mirror. It’s an unfortunate feeling.”

She also said how she’s no stranger to photo shopping. We all love filters here and there but Washington has the opportunity to address the impact of altered photos and it is a valuable conversation.

James Copper, the editorial director of Adweek, addressed the matter saying they meant no disrespect, only making minimal adjustments for the covers design needs and they appreciate her honest comments.

Schumer also took to social media, because that’s how everything is done these days, except this time it was Instagram. She posted a photo of the cover, which says “Women Who Inspire Us,” with Amy Schumer, Melissa McCarthy, Adele and Ashley Graham’s names under it who are all part of the magazine’s plus size only issue.

“I think there’s nothing wrong with being plus size. Beautiful healthy women. Plus size is considered size 16 in America. I go between a size 6 and an 8. @glamourmag put me in their plus size only issue without asking or letting me know and it doesn’t feel right to me,” Schumer wrote in her caption. “Young girls seeing my body type thinking that is plus size? What are your thoughts? Mine are not cool glamour not glamourous.”

The magazine issued a statement saying how they love Schumer, as well as their readers, and said this is a special edition about “Women Who Inspire Us,” who are passionate about body positivity and many women of all sizes are featured. They didn’t mean to describe her as plus size and didn’t mean to offend her in any way.

Schumer is one of those people who is very vocal about body image. She speaks out her own struggles, inspiring so many people. Washington is also using her cover editing as a way to shape the way we look at ourselves and speak out about the problem. Many other celebrities have had similar issues with this like Lena Dunham in early March who claimed a Spanish magazine had photo shopped her. It happens so often it gives people the wrong impression of beauty. These two women, and so many more, stand for loving yourself and body positivity.

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