Amber Rose Denies Using PhotoShop: “People Just Want to See Bodies Look Really Bad”

Amber Rose has spoken out against those who have accused her of PhotoShopping the images of herself that she uploads to her Instagram account, speculating that the model uses the image editing software in order to edit out her flaws in photographs before posting them to the social image sharing app. 

Speaking to BBC radio station 1Xtra, the model bemoaned the public’s urge to see celebrities looking their worst, saying: “People are negative and they want to see celebrities look really, really bad.

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“They see a beautiful photograph of me and think I PhotoShopped it and if they see an extremely unflattering picture of me… they assume that is my natural body and that’s not PhotoShopped.”

She added: “I wouldn’t know how to begin… maybe a filter but that is about it.”

There’s been a lot of discussion surrounding the act of airbrushing this past week, with a short film of YouTube fitness instructor and healthy living blogger Cassey Ho airbrushing herself to achieve the “perfect” body appearing online. The video was inspired by the myriad derogatory, hateful and frequently sexist comments posted to her, as the debate surrounding the ethics of using PhotoShop in modeling shoots and its impact upon the mental health of young women continues to be a burning topic.

On the other hand, Amber Rose is right in saying that female celebrities are placed under much scrutiny when it comes to their bodies, and suspicions are frequently raised regarding the alleged usage of PhotoShop and plastic surgery. While Amber’s complaints surfaced after she herself was the the subject of hateful messages online (she was accused using PhotoShop in her Instagram images after a photo of her emerged that showed her with “dimples” on her ass), it’s not difficult to understand why women and men alike are faced with a photo of a famous person with a desirable body shape, given how much editing we know takes place behind the scenes.

It’s essentially a lose/lose situation for women in the spotlight. If they post a photo of themselves in which they look good, they’ll inevitably be faced with accusations of PhotoShop, airbrushing and being a proponent of the psychological damage caused by the media’s peddling of unattainable beauty standards, but if they post a photo of themselves looking unattractive, then they’ll wind up being branded ugly, fat or worse. 

The only solution at this point is to burn Instagram, shut down the internet and live our lives in a bubble where selfies cannot harm us.