Did you wake up with a zit today? It’s OK, because singer, Lorde did too, and she’s cool with it.
So cool in fact, that the 17-year-old tweeted two photos of herself, one which shows the singer with absolutely no blemishes, and another which shows just a little acne. Though Lorde does not mention where she got the photos from, or where the ‘Photoshopped’ version was posted, they were both taken during her performance at Lollapalooza in Santiago, Chile this past weekend.
i find this curious – two photos from today, one edited so my skin is perfect and one real. remember flaws are ok pic.twitter.com/PuRhxt2u2O
— Lorde (@lordemusic) March 31, 2014
Lorde is not the first starlet to call out Photoshop fanatics for making photos look unrealistic (See: Laura Hutton, Kate Winslet and Nicki Minaj, and even Kim Kardashian just to name a few), but she may be one of the youngest to do so, and it’s probably why her tweet has garnered more than 40,000 retweets and 60,000 favourites.
Sure, it’s no Ellen-Oscar-Selfie, but the teen knows how to keep herself grounded and connect with a young audience who are likely suffering from the same beauty scrutiny – even if it’s on a smaller scale.
BTW tabloid…please don’t photoshop my clothes! If they photoshop my clothes who knows what else they tweak pic.twitter.com/v2E4aOjO68
— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) February 19, 2014
Lorde has spoken out before about “Photoshop culture” on her Tumblr page:
“i wish my favourite stars didn’t look perfect because i think fans (me included) have these feelings of worthlessness, like they’ll never be as pretty/talented/whatever, as a result of this intense photoshop culture and the endless strive for perfection.”
With Mindy Kaling saying in Vogue (of all places) that she’d rather be curvy than skinny, it is refreshing to see women in the spotlight who aren’t afraid to challenge the unattainable, Photoshop norm. It’s also nice to see someone who knows the difference between edited and non-edited photos (remember Miranda Kerr’s post?).
So, as you panic to cover whatever imperfection you found this morning, we take a cue from Lorde: Remember, flaws are ok