Jameela Jamil calls for the end of disgusting airbrushing: We need to see cellulite and stretch marks


Press handout Jameela Jamil Credit is Sela Shiloni.
Jameela Jamil has banned publications Photoshopping her (Picture: Sela Shiloni)

Jameela Jamil has called for the over-perfecting enhancement of photos to be illegal.

The Good Place actress said airbrushing in adverts and magazines should be banned, claiming it to be a disgusting tool that preys on the insecurities of women.

Having suffered from an eating disorder in her teen years, she said she witnessed first-hand how damaging the perfect images can be.

The actress currently stars in The Good Place (Picture: David Yeh/NBC/Getty)

Penning a piece the BBC 100 Women Initiative, Jameela explained editing and enhancing photos set unrealistic beauty standards for not only the women being photographed but those who read the magazines.

She wrote: We need to see spots. We need to see wrinkles. We need to see cellulite and stretch marks. If not, we will become almost allergic to the sight of them, even though we all have these things on our own bodies.

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We need to be honest with ourselves and with each other so that we can all be free.

And when I was on steroids and gained 70lbs for a couple of years. The paparazzi tried to shame me and would taunt me outside my own house. Did I cover up? No. I wore whatever I liked and owned my fun body that took me from A to B. I also released a plus size clothing line and pic.twitter.com/j9hf9AhcDf

— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) March 22, 2018

The 32-year-old detailed an instance when her career high was overlooked publications who honed in on her fluctuating weight rather than her accomplishment.

She said: While presenting the Official Chart Show on BBC Radio 1, I gained 200,000 listeners which was great.

But instead of telling that story, the same the newspapers reported that Id gained two dress sizes and printed loads of photographs fat-shaming me and ridiculing my body.

An example of Photoshop being weaponised against women: This is how we portray men in their 50s on magazine covers and women in their 50s. Look at the difference. Men who age are sexy in HD. Women mostly just shouldnt dare age. Men can celebrate the inevitable, we must fear it. pic.twitter.com/XKykaZuiYf

— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) December 2, 2018

She went on to compare the representation of male and female stars in magazines claiming men were celebrated for their mature aesthetics, and their face lines hailed a sign of distinction and rugged attractiveness.

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She asked: Men get a green light on ageing and gravity. Why cant women get the same allowances?

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It is anti-feminist. It is ageist. It is fat-phobic. It looks weird. It looks wrong. Its robbing you of your time, money, comfort, integrity and self-worth.

She urged: Delete the apps and unfollow those who are complicit in this crime against our gender.

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