“I prefer the pic before. I like being 155 pounds”: Iggy Azalea is the latest star to expose extreme photoshopping

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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.”

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.”

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Amy Lewis is a freelance writer and editor, a lover of strong tea, equally strong eyebrows, a collector of facial oils and a cat meme enthusiast. She covers everything from beauty and fashion to feminism and travel.

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