Iggy Azalea has hit back at seemingly slimmed down magazine images of herself, telling fans on Twitter; “I much prefer the picture before they Photoshopped my thighs and hips to seem skinnier.”
The rapper opened up the discussion online, after one fan declared Azalea's recent Schön! magazine spread to be her 'best shoot by far’.
Noting that she loved posing for the pictures and enjoyed the shoot experience, Azalea then explained that she had 'no clue' as to why the images were altered.
The Australian star also added that she prefers the original images which present a truer depiction of her body, telling one Twitter follower: “I’m very happy with my body the size it is and prefer it that way.”
Wary of creating a media storm however, the rapper was quick to add that she didn’t want to offend the team at Schön!.
“I don’t want to be rude to them. Everyone was really nice. I just… like being 155 pounds,” she quipped. Before, responding to another tweet with:
“I don't really want to make something of me bashing a magazine or making trouble. I showed you guys what was up and that’s it.”
Azalea’s before and after shoot reveal follows Lena Dunham’s ban on any magazine altering images of her body.
Discussing the issue of Photoshopping in the media, and the way it can fuel unrealistic beauty and body image ideals, the Girls star wrote in her Lenny newsletter:
“Something snapped when I saw that Spanish cover. Maybe it was the feeling of barely recognising myself and then being told it was 100% me but knowing it probably wasn’t and studying the picture closely for clues.
“Maybe it was realising that was an image I had at some point seen, approved, and most likely loved. Maybe it was the fact that I no longer understand what my own thighs look like. But I knew that I was done.
“[I'm] done with allowing images that retouch and reconfigure my face and body to be released into the world. If that means no more fashion-magazine covers, so be it.”
Hey Tentaciones- thank you for sending the uncropped image (note to the confused: not unretouched, uncropped!) and for being so good natured about my request for accuracy. I understand that a whole bunch of people approved this photo before it got to you- and why wouldn't they? I look great. But it's a weird feeling to see a photo and not know if it's your own body anymore (and I'm pretty sure that will never be my thigh width but I honestly can't tell what's been slimmed and what hasn't.) I'm not blaming anyone (y'know, except society at large.) I have a long and complicated history with retouching. I wanna live in this wild world and play the game and get my work seen, and I also want to be honest about who I am and what I stand for. Maybe it's turning 30. Maybe it's seeing my candidate of choice get bashed as much for having a normal woman's body as she is for her policies. Maybe it's getting sick and realizing ALL that matters is that this body work, not that it be milky white and slim. But I want something different now. Thanks for helping me figure that out and sorry to make you the problem, you cool Spanish magazine you. Time to get to the bottom of this in a bigger way. Time to walk the talk. With endless love, Lena PS I'd love the Tentaciones subscription I was offered!
Dunham and Azalea aren’t alone in their battle against the airbrush however; Kate Winslet famously added a ‘no retouching’ clause to her contract with L’Oreal last year, explaining in an interview with E! Online:
“It’s a hope that other people might follow suit but it does feel important to me because I do think we have a responsibility to the younger generation of women.
“I think they do look to magazines, I think they do look to women who have been successful in their chosen careers and they want people to look up to.
“I would always want to be telling the truth about who I am to that generation because they’ve got to have strong leaders. We’re all responsible for raising strong young women, so these are things that are important to me.”
Former Disney star Zendaya has also named and shamed publications for altering her image, revealing the extent of retouching on one shoot for US magazine Modeliste.
Writing on Instagram, she explains: “Had a new shoot come out today and was shocked when I found my 19 year old hips and torso quite manipulated. These are the things that make women self conscious, that create the unrealistic ideals of beauty that we have.
“Anyone who knows who I am knows I stand for honest and pure self love. So I took it upon myself to release the real pic (right side) and I love it.”