Ella Yelich-O’Connor, better known to the world as Lorde, Tweeted:
i find this curious - two photos from today, one edited so my skin is perfect and one real. remember flaws are ok :-) pic.twitter.com/PuRhxt2u2O— Lorde (@lordemusic) March 31, 2014
You can see the differences between the one on the top and the one on the bottom. And, honestly, this looks like pretty minor editing compared to other stuff that’s out there. Photoshopping can really, really change how a person looks and not just even out their skin. The models you see in magazines aren’t the models you see in real life, and that’s just scratching the surface of the issue.
But Lorde gets how important it is to be real. She’s even very vocal about the fact she gets zits, and we love her for it!
acne struggle PARTICULARLY real today— Lorde (@lordemusic) March 2, 2014
Writing on her tumblr before, she also said, “there’s a lot of importance placed on physical perfection in this industry, and i wish my favourite stars didn’t look perfect because i think fans (me included) have these feelings of worthlessness, like they’ll never be as pretty/talented/whatever, as a result of this intense photoshop culture and the endless strive for perfection.”
In that same blog post, talking about Taylor Swift, she said, “i will probably never be the kind of role model for my fans that ts is for hers.” I dunno — taking on photoshop and being real makes Lorde a role model for A LOT of people, including us.
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