In the age of easily-accessible Photoshopping apps, face-altering filters and meticulously-curated Instagram feeds, it can be hard to tell who or what is real anymore. But one celebrity who’s proving again and again that she’s committed to keeping it real both on and offline is Riverdale star Lili Reinhart.
Over the weekend, the 23-year-old actress and CoverGirl spokesperson took to Instagram to call out photo-editing app BodyTune for setting “unrealistic” body standards.
According to Reinhart’s feed, she came across BodyTune while looking for an app that would help resize her photos for Instagram.
“This is how unrealistic standards of human bodies have been created — to the point where people alter their bodies surgically to achieve unattainable results,” she wrote on her Instagram Story about the app. “We are better than this. Looking ‘skinnier’ in a photo on Instagram is not worth the detrimental psychological effects that these photoshopping apps have given our generation.”
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She continued, “Our bodies should not conform to ‘one size fits all’. People who use these apps and alter their bodies are clearly suffering from low self esteem, body dysmorphia, or other mental health problems. My heart goes out to these people who feel like their bodies aren’t good enough. But please don’t encourage this behaviour.”
Lili implored her followers to not use these kinds of apps, saying Photoshopping your body “[adds] to the problem.” She also cautioned her followers from praising people who use body and face-altering apps.
“If we applaud and praise the men and women who photoshop the shit out of themselves, it’s only encouraging them to continue. And to feel like the only way they will be accepted is if they keep altering themselves,” she wrote. “Once you alleviate yourself of the pressure to conform to FAKE/UNREAL standards… the world is a lot brighter. I promise you.”
This isn’t the first time the Swimming Lessons author has called out the use of Photoshop — back in March, both Reinhart and her Riverdale co-star Camila Mendes criticized Cosmo Philippines for editing their waistlines in a photo to be noticeably slimmer.
“It’s an everyday battle, sometimes,” Lili wrote on Instagram. “And to see our bodies become so distorted in an editing process is a perfect example of the obstacles we have yet to overcome.”
The actress, who also co-starred in Hustlers, recently spoke about her own issues with body dysmorphia in an interview with Glamour UK, which she says stemmed from her struggles with acne and social media.
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“Even today, I see myself in the mirror and think, this doesn’t look the way the world tells me it should. I don’t have a cinched, minuscule waist. I do have curves, I have cellulite, my arms aren’t stick thin,” she told Glamour UK. “This is my body and we’re told that it should fit certain proportions. There’s such a disgusting problem right now with people photoshopping their bodies. Obviously, there’s a reason why people do it, they’re insecure, they feel like they’re not good enough, and that’s incredibly sad.”
She added, “I would love to see a world where people who are already thin don’t need to photoshop their waist even more… Life is not a FaceTune app.”
Following her Instagram story posts, fans took to Twitter to praise Reinhart for speaking up and promoting body positivity.
@lilireinhart thank you for your words. The struggle is real with all these apps to change your body. It’s hard not to let it get to you at times but your words are a great reminder that most of the stuff we see on social media is not real.
— Astre 🌙 (@astreee_) November 17, 2019
I would like to personally thank @lilireinhart for her recent Instagram story. I’m so happy we finally have a celebrity who speaks out about how unhealthy it is to use body image apps. Thank you for teaching your fans acceptance and self love. Thank you. ❤️
— Cait (@Creepygirlvibes) November 17, 2019
However, other users pointed out that encouraging others to not edit their photos is easier said than done, especially for Reinhart as she holds a standard of beauty that many people aspire to.
I was reading @lilireinhart Instagram story about not using Photoshop apps to alter your body and I totally agree with her BUT it's easier said than done. She has a body people photoshop to look like. plus her whole Instagram page is all showing "unattainable beauty" pictures pic.twitter.com/2Oq8PDVIki
— Angie Wang 📷 (@angiewangg) November 18, 2019
lili reinhart telling people not to use facetune when she was already born with the face amd body we are told to have is just rich like YOU dont need facetune doesnt mean i can get away without it
— hallie✨ (@stanschuu) November 17, 2019
And while these users do have a point, we still applaud Reinhart for using her platform for good and for using her own personal experiences and struggles to advocate for body-image awareness and positivity. Rather than giving into the pressure of social media, she is choosing to go against the grain and take a stance about something she believes in (and something that is very important for society as a whole). As Reinhert said at Glamour’s 2018 Women of the Year Summit, “We are all imperfectly beautiful,” and taking action against something that wants us to believe that we’re not is what truly makes her beautiful.