Riverdale actresses Lili Reinhart and Camila Mendes posed in February for Cosmopolitan Phillipines’ March cover. Unfortunately, Reinhart and Mendes were not happy with the finished product as Cosmo over edited their cover photos, slimming their waists.
Reinhart and Mendes took to Instagram to share their frustration with Cosmopolitan Phillipines and the message they are sending to younger, impressionable girls.
Reinhart shared the before and after photos on her Instagram Stories, placing the untouched photo on the left and the retouched photo on the right. The Betty Cooper actress’ waist looks noticeably smaller and narrower.
Reinhart penned a message to her 6.5 million followers on International Women’s Day writing,
“Over the last year, we’ve seen an unprecedented movement for women’s rights, and one thing is clear: Our time is now. We are phenomenal, and we will make the world a better place for all women. Camila and I have worked incredibly hard to feel confident and comfortable in the bodies that we have. It’s an everyday battle, sometimes, and to see our bodies become so distorted in an editing process is a perfect example of the obstacles we have yet to overcome.”
The 21-year-old actress continued, “It’s sad that you felt our bodies needed to be slimmed down. But Cami and I are f–king beautiful. As is. And you can’t ‘fix’ us. So, like every other day, women….go kick some ass. You are being heard. You are strong and sensational. Also would like to encourage celebrities and public figures to stop photoshopping their waists/noses/arms/legs in their photos,” she wrote. “It’s only encouraging an unrealistic body image. It’s adding to the problem.”
Camila Mendes also shared the altered photos on her Instagram Stories once again displaying a slimmer waist. Mendes has been open about her past experiences with eating disorders and has urged her followers to say ‘No’ to dieting. Mendes wrote this message to her 6.8 million Instagram followers:
“Happy International Women’s Day! Lili Reinhart and I feel disrespected and disturbed by the sight of our photoshopped bodies in @cosmopolitan_philippines. We want their readers to know that those bodies are not ours; they have been distorted from their natural beauty. We prefer to see our bodies the way they actually are. I’m not interested in having a slimmer waist. I’m more than satisfied with the one that I already have. Much love and self respect, Camila and Lili.”
Their messages could not have come on a more appropriate day or at a more crucial time. Slowly but surely society is crushing the old, unrealistic beauty standards and beginning to celebrate women of all shapes, sizes, and colors.
Beauty does not mean adhering to abnormal standards of weight and physical appearance, it is finding confidence and love within yourself and allowing that to shine through.