Riverdale stars Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes called out a Filipino magazine for digitally manipulating their waists to appear slimmer in photos. In her Instagram stories, Reinhart pointed out the difference between the original photos used for their spread of a U.S.-based magazine where the photo was previously featured and the one posted on the local magazine's Instagram feed.
Coinciding with the celebration of International Women's Day, Reinhart's stories emphasised the fact that "we've seen an unprecedented movement for women's rights", but "we still have a long way to go." The fight is not over, indeed. She shared that "seeing [their] bodies become so distorted in an editing process is a perfect example of the obstacles we have yet to overcome."
Mendes also expressed her sentiments about the issue. "We want their readers to know that those bodies are not ours; they have been distorted from their natural beauty," she said. "We prefer to see our bodies the way they actually are."
It's not the first time the publishing industry was called out for digitally manipulating photos of models and cover girls. Countless celebrities have also spoken against image alteration. Keira Knightley famously protested against editing her body by doing a topless photoshoot with Interview Magazine. Back in 2004, a promotional poster for King Arthur enhanced her breasts to make them appear bigger. It then became known as one of the most (in)famous edited images of all time.