Why Camila Mendes & Lili Reinhart Spoke Out About Excessive Photoshop

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Camila Mendes and Lili Reinhart celebrated International Women’s Day by speaking out against a major magazine that Photoshopped them severely so that their bodies appeared slimmer. The Riverdale actresses could’ve let the overly edited pictures in Cosmopolitan Philippines slide, but instead they wrote messages letting their fans know what happened and encouraging them not to let these false images affect the way they view themselves IRL.

“It’s sad that you felt our bodies needed to be slimmed down,” the 21-year-old wrote in an Instagram story after the mag was published. “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.”

The 23-year-old explained why she and Lili decided to speak out against Cosmo during PaleyFest over the weekend.

“I just didn’t want other people to think that was my body,” she told E! News. “That’s just a personal thing too because sometimes you hear about people who aren’t comfortable showing their bodies on screen and so they have somebody else be their body double and stuff…no matter what I would never feel comfortable with that even if their body is like 10 times skinnier or more fit, whatever. It doesn’t matter, my body is my body and I want people to know that this face goes with this body.”

The blonde added, “I just felt the need to speak up about it because I feel like I talk about everything else very openly. As women and even men we struggle with our bodies every day when we look in the mirror and especially when you’re put in the spotlight and people critique your outfits, your skin, your body, your hair, whatever. I’m still…it’s a battle for me every day to accept what I am and my flaws and know that you know I can’t change certain parts about me and that’s fine.”