Lili Reinhart & Camila Mendes Slam Mag for Photoshopping Bodies

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Today is International Women’s Day, a holiday that’s all about embracing and acknowledging the strength, power, accomplishments, etc., of women all over the globe. Unfortunately, instead of celebrating the special day, Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes are speaking out against a major magazine that Photoshopped each of them severely so that their bodies appear slimmer.

The Riverdale actresses are both featured in the March issue of Cosmopolitan Philippines, which should be a huge accomplishment. But rather than simply repurposing the pictures that were originally taken for the February issue of the United States’ Cosmo, the overseas version noticeably cut off several inches from the actress’ waists.

When the blonde noticed what happened, she took to Instagram to send a powerful message about self-love and body positivity.

“Today is International Women’s Day,” the 21-year-old wrote. “Over the last year, we’ve seen an unprecedented movement for women’s rights, and one thing is clear: our time is now. We are phenomenal, and we will make the world a better place for women. But we still have a long way to go. Our fight is not over.”

Lili then posted the before-and-after photos and continued, “Camila and I have worked incredibly hard to feel confident and comfortable in the bodies that we have. It’s an every day battle, sometimes. And to see our bodies become so distorted in an editing process is a perfect example of the obstacles we have to overcome. So we cannot stop fighting. Our battle has only just begun. We are f*cking powerful, beautiful, and strong… we aren’t going to hide behind Photoshop to confirm to beauty standards.”

“That’s why I’m calling out @cosmopolitan_philippines,” she added. “It’s sad that you felt our bodies needed to be slimmed down. But Camila and I are f*cking beautiful. As is. And you can’t ‘fix’ us. So, like every other day, women… go kick some a**. You are being heard. You are strong and sensational. And I would like to thank the OG @cosmopolitan for keeping our waists as they are in their magazines. Also would like to encourage celebrities and public figures to stop Photoshopping their waists/noses/arms/legs in their photos. It’s only encouraging an unrealistic body image. It’s adding to the problem.”

Camila, who’s been open about battling an eating disorder in the past, also penned a note on IG explaining how the pair felt “disrespected & disturbed” by the altered pics.

“We prefer to see our bodies the way they actually are,” she said. “I’m not interested in having a slimmer waist. I’m more than satisfied with the one that I already have.”