Kerry Washington Has Delivered the Final Words on Photoshop, OK?

Kerry Washington Has Delivered the Final Words on Photoshop, OK?
Source: Instagram
Source: Instagram

Let's be real: No longer can we stamp our feet and wail "Photoshop fail!" now that we're editing our own personal photos to the sun-dappled, Lark-filtered hilt. But we can all probably agree that the filtering and airbrushing has to stop somewhere. Where is that line?

Take it away, Kerry Washington: 

Source: Instagram

Here's how Washington eloquently put it Tuesday in an Instagram note, posted in response to the backlash around her heavily edited Adweek cover:

I have to be honest ... I was taken aback by the cover.  Look, I'm no stranger to Photoshopping. It happens a lot. In a way, we have become a society of picture adjusters — who doesn't love a filter?!? And I don't always take these adjustments to task but I have had the opportunity to address the impact of my altered image in the past and I think it's a valuable conversation.

Yesterday, however, I just felt weary. It felt strange to look at a picture of myself that is so different from what I look like when I look in the mirror. It's an unfortunate feeling.

"Weary" is the right word. We've all grown a little tired of the editing, especially when it's so goddamn egregious it's as if the technology is getting worse, not better. 

Everyone loves a good filter, as Washington said — otherwise, our beloved snaps of cocktails, sunsets and brunch tables would be worthless to look at. (Have you seen Martha Stewart's food tweets??)

But considering Hollywood actresses are already forced to bust their asses in the gym (and the plastic surgeon's office and tanning salon and beehive), you'd think magazines would at least bother to showcase the gorgeous specimens of human beings for what they actually look like and lay off the airbrushing.

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Ellie is Mic's editorial director of lifestyle. A former style and fashion editor for The Huffington Post, her writing has also appeared in Women's Wear Daily, HarpersBazaar.com and the Twitter feeds of British royal fans everywhere.

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