While some stars are ragging on magazines for making them appear “too perfect” for fans by using PhotoShop magic, Pretty Little Liars star Troian Bellisario tweeted in defense of the technology after the stars of the hit show appeared in a GQ magazine appearing even more flawless than usual. It seems that the pretty young stars rely on Photoshop, rather than plastic surgery to help them look their best.
Ashley Benson and her castmates Troian Bellisario, Shay Mitchell and Lucy Hale frolic in skimpy swimsuits in the GQ photo spread, which showcases the stars of the show looking toned and smooth and better than ever, thanks to the magic of Photoshop.
While all of the ladies look stunning, some have criticized the men’s magazine for making the young women look unrealistic.
Hayley Hoover of The Gloss wrote, “While I understand that GQ‘s target demographic is probably, you know, not high school girls, it still makes me sad to see some of the smartest female characters on TV getting reduced to shiny, poreless Barbies.”
In response to the critics, 28-year old Troian readily acknowledged the photos were strongly retouched, but also shared behind the scenes photos that prove the ladies really are nearly flawless in reality as well and much of the Photoshop was done on the lighting to eliminate shadows and such.
“So by now you have seen many a shot from #GQ and many people have said that we were photoshopped…,” Troian tweeted on Wednesday. “OF COURSE WE WERE! that’s a very specific type of photo shoot. And looking very blown out and perfected was obviously what they were looking for.”
“Great. Cool. As long as we acknowledge how it was achieved so we know it’s not real. Here’s some behind the scenes of my body the way it is and was on the day. I’m not mad at how these pictures turned out, the girls and I had an absolute blast.”
Troian went on to say that the photoshoot was no different than other photoshoots the stars have done and that women’s and men’s magazine are no different in their wish to show perfection.
“More fun than we’ve had on a photoshoot in a while, and I think you can see that in our eyes and smiles. But it’s the same everywhere.”
“It’s the same way on the posters of our show and even in women’s magazines. This industry seems to invest more in perfection than in flaw.”
“But flaw and individuality, to me, are what make a human being interesting, they make our stories worth telling. (Unfortunately the flaws don’t usually sell products or magazines) I’m proud of my body and the way it looks because @themarkwildman kicks my butt in aerial.”
“But my hips and thighs are a part of me (even though they magically weren’t in some shots!) I get those things from my momma. And I’m happy To shake what my momma gave me.”
“I mean. Photoshopped or not. I work with three of the most gorgeous women on the planet. (Goddesses without hair and make up as well) @shaym @itsashbenzo @lucyhale #gq.”