Model tells off swimwear company that photoshopped her body
"It is not okay to alter a woman’s body to make it look thinner. Ever!"
That's what 23-year-old Australian model Meaghan Kausman said when she saw an edited version of herself from a photoshoot posted online that had made her look so much more thinner than she actually was.
Along with a "before and after" image of the image, Kausman wrote a statement expressing her shock and fiercely said what Fella Swim did was wrong.
"Making art is my passion. Creating beautiful photos and meeting inspiring people has really given me a new lease on life. I recently did a photoshoot wearing Fella Swim, with an extremely passionate and talented underwater photographer, Pip, @seagypsea_photography Her photos are magical; they capture women in water and celebrate their beauty.
This morning I was extremely shocked to see that Fella Swim had uploaded a photoshopped version of Pip’s original photo to their Instagram page. They had drastically altered my body, thinning out my stomach and thighs in an attempt to box me in to the cultural ideal of beauty. Above is their version, below is the real version. My body is a size 8, not a size 4. That’s my body! I refuse to stand by and allow ANY company or person to perpetuate the belief that 'thinner is better'.
All women are beautiful, and we come in different shapes and sizes! This industry is crazy!!!! It is NOT OKAY to alter a woman’s body to make it look thinner. EVER!
After Fella Swim got wind of the situation, they removed the image and, according to NBC News's TODAY apologised to Kausman's instagram post with this note::
“Meaghan is actually incredibly beautiful and we love the original image by @seagypsea_photography. We meant no disrespect for photoshopping the image and apologize that it has offended some people here. Apologies to @meagsk you have made a point of us and we will remove the image. If we knew this would upset you, we would have never posted it.”
Meaghan has since received support from so many women who look up to what she did. Photos: Instagram
Unfortunately, too many publications do this and it results in viewers believing in an image that is not real.
An experiment was done earlier this year on women where they had they images photoshopped for the first time. And their views on their edited image says it all.
So remember ladies, be who you are and don't change how you look in images because how you look in real life is the best version of you.
Sources: Aplus, Instagram, Buzzfeed, TODAY