“Photoshop-free selfies? Next thing you’ll be suggesting we eat!” laughed a model who is size 8 in real life and size 2 in photoshop. “Oh, you mean you’re serious??? I think I’m going to throw up.”
While denial was the initial reaction of most models, the inescapable influence and pressure of social media (apparently opting out of Facebook and Twitter is not an option) meant they were reluctantly forced to take up the Photoshop-free challenge.
A special dispensation meant the models were allowed to wear make-up in their no-Photoshop selfie, but many complained that was not enough. “No amount of foundation will hide the fact that I actually have a butt” said one model. “OMG, I might look almost normal” worried another.
Some models resorted to desperate measures like taking their Photoshop-free selfie with their finger over most of the lens. Others took their selfie standing next to a cute pet or robust women. And one model simply stood a very long way away from the camera, the camera being in England while she was in Italy.
A number of commentators said that these avoidance techniques missed the point, and the idea was to show the ‘real you’.
But magazine model Rachael Delaney from Harold complained that after 3 nose jobs, 2 cheek lifts, multiple breast enlargements, and a lifetime of being Photoshopped, she no longer knew who the ‘real me’ was.
“I might be a 20 stone acne covered midget named Nigel for all I know” wailed Delaney. “Isn’t it enough to know I’m beautiful on the outside?”