Lili Reinhart has called out editing apps for creating unrealistic expectations.
The Riverdale actress revealed she was searching for an app to resize images when she came across one that allows users to retouch parts of your body to look skinnier. She also shared a video of the app, which showed a woman’s arms and waist being made smaller.
“This is not okay,” she wrote on Instagram stories. She added “This is why people develop eating disorders, this is why social media has become hazardous to our health. This is why people have unrealistic expectations of their bodies.”
She continued by pleading with fans not to use these harmful apps: “I implore you: Do not use these kinds of apps. If you photoshop your body, you are part of the problem.”
In multiple other stories, Lili explained why size is not important when it comes to self-worth.
She finished up by saying she feels sorry for those who feel they have to use the apps.
“My heart goes out to those people who feel like their bodies aren’t good enough.”
Lili makes a good point, it can be hard to ignore the pressure’s of looking perfect, which we often see all over Instagram. But it’s important to remember that a filter on a photo holds no value over who you are. By using filters you’re implying that your natural beauty isn’t good enough, which we all know isn’t true.
If you’re struggling with body image, check your Instagram following list and make sure you’re following some people with the same look or body type as you, this way you can see how to embrace your looks rather than change them in an app.
So take Lili’s advice and delete the dodgy app, if you have one.
You can talk to a parent or guardian or bodywhys.ie if you need some more help.