It must be really weird to be a famous person and see your own face and body plastered all over televisions and advertisements and social media accounts that aren't yours every single day. It must be even weirder when your face and body pop up in those places and they're photoshopped to the point that you just don't look like you. That's exactly what happened to Tracee Ellis Ross, who shared an unfortunate case of photoshop to her Instagram story on September 28.
The story showed two versions of the same picture side by side of Ross in a vinyl black catsuit — one of which depicts her with a slightly bigger rear end. The original photo is from all the way back from 2015, when Ross co-hosted the BET Awards. The altered version started going viral on September 27 when it appeared on a fan's Twitter account (although it's unclear who actually edited the photo). As off-putting as the situation must've felt, Ross chimed in with a hilarious response.
"Looks like someone tried to round me up to the nearest dollar," she wrote about the before and after on her Instagram story. For good measure, she even added a few stickers of arrows pointing to her photoshopped butt.
You could argue that being edited like this just comes with the territory of being a celebrity. This stuff doesn't happen to women exclusively, by the way; I can't count the number of male celebrities' heads I've seen edited onto bigger, buffer bodies (even men who are already very muscular).
And it all rubs me the wrong way, because it's clear that at least part of society is incapable of seeing people as beautiful the way that they naturally exist. And we consider celebrities to be the most physically flawless among us; if even they need to be photoshopped to be desirable, the bar is simply set at an impossible high for them and for us.
So we need more celebrities like Ross to call out unneccessary editing when it happens. Even if they do it in a lighthearted nature, it helps point out that not everything we see on social media is the complete truth. And knowing that makes it far easier to hold ourselves to realistic and healthy standards.
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Originally Appeared on Allure