Another day, another Photoshop fiasco.
Camila Mendes recently appeared on the cover of Cosmo alongside "Riverdale" costar Lili Reinhart. All was fine until the Philippines edition of the magazine was released, which showed the two actresses looking *much* smaller than they looked on the original cover. Reinhart already called out the magazine for its hack Photoshop job, and now Mendes, who's been about issues with body image in the past, is doing the same.
Camila Mendes' first-ever cover shoot was marred after Cosmo Philippines felt the need to cinch her waist with Photoshop.
Lili Reinhart pointed out all the Photoshopping fails on Instagram, first discussing her own waist and then Mendes' body. "Camila and I have worked incredibly hard to feel confident and comfortable in the bodies that we have," Reinhart wrote on Instagram. "It's an everyday battle, sometimes. And to see our bodies become so distorted in an editing process is a perfect example of the obstacles we have yet to overcome."
Mendes has her own thoughts on the situation, but she's just as "insulted" as Reinhart.
“I think Lili and I were the most shocked — we were the most shocked about the fact that they would [do that] knowing how much we speak about body positivity to our fans, and how much we love to talk about that,” Mendes explained. “That they would then manipulate our bodies when we are literally preaching body positivity is so personally insulting, and it’s also insulting to the readers. You’re spreading a false message about what people look like, you know? If my waist was that slim then great, do whatever you want, but it’s not!”
Despite the industry's obsession with small waists, Mendes still promotes positivity and self-acceptance.
“And I’m so happy with the way that I am and I don’t think that was necessary. It’s never necessary to change your body," she said. "People know what I look like, I take photos on my own and I don’t edit them so people know. Stop trying to lie to people, you know?”
The Photoshop incident is especially disappointing considering Mendes has been open about struggling with body image in the past.
A few months back, the 23-year-old opened up about her past issues with body image, explaining that she watched her sister deal with an eating disorder and suffered from some symptoms herself. Her ongoing struggles inspired her to get involved with Project HEAL and vow to be #DoneWithDieting for good.
Lesson learned: Don't try to make Mendes (ahem, VERONICA) be someone she's not.