If you’re looking at a professional photo of Blake Lively, she wants you to know that “99.9 percent of the time,” it’s photoshopped. In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, the 30-year-old actress opened up about her relationship with her body and why she warns fans to take what she and other celebrities look like in photoshoot pictures with a grain of salt.
While interviewing model Gigi Hadid, the “Gossip Girl” star admitted that she has been guilty of asking editors to Photoshop her after she notices a a flaw at a photoshoot. Lively also warned readers against believing what they see on-screen and in magazines is realistic. She explained that celebrities have around-the-clock access to gyms, trainers, and healthy foods, which is the reason that they are able to continually stay in shape.
“It’s so important for young people not to compare themselves with what they see online. It’s our job as actors and/or models to be in shape,” Lively said. We have access to gyms and trainers and healthy food. And then on top of that, 99.9 percent of the time the images are Photoshopped. I’m guilty myself of being at a photo shoot and saying, ‘That looks terrible on me.’ And they’re like, ‘We’ll fix it.’ And you’re so relieved.”
Further, Lively also explained that professional hair and makeup also play a huge role in what a celebrity looks like in pictures, which is why she recommends interpreting photoshoots as art, rather than real life. “Think of editorials or ads as a painting, an art form. I mean, that’s definitely not how we wake up looking every single day of our lives,” Lively said.
As for Hadid, the model opened up about her struggle with Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune condition that can cause weight fluctuation, and the changing relationship with her body because of it. After she was diagnosed as a teenager, Hadid noticed a change in her weight and metabolism compared to her peers.
“When I had a more athletic figure, I was proud of my body because I was an amazing volleyball player and horseback rider. But after discovering that I have Hashimoto’s, I needed to eat healthy and work out,” Hadid said. “It was weird as a teenager, dealing with this when all of my friends could eat McDonald’s and it wouldn’t affect them.”
Now that her condition is more under control, Hadid is thinner than what she was when she was a teenager. Though she admits that she loves her body no matter what it looks like, she still longs for butt and boobs she had a few years ago.
“If I could choose, I would have my ass back and I would have the tits I had a few years ago. But, honestly, we can’t look back with regret. I loved my body then, and I love my body now,” she said.
Hadid, who recently shut down body-shamers who called her “too skinny” at New York Fashion Week, also addressed those who think that her weight loss was a result of pressure from the fashion industry. Though she tries to ignore the comments, she admits that some of them “still hurt.”
“Most of it is just nonsense. But it can still hurt,” she said. “Nowadays, people are quick to say, ‘I used to love Gigi’s body, and now she just gave in.’”
Props to Lively and Hadid for being so real about Photoshop and what it’s like to go through natural body changes in the public eye.