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Lorde Speaks Out Against Photoshop

April 1, 2014  |  4:00pm
Lorde Speaks Out Against Photoshop

After the release of a photoshopped image of Lorde performing at a concert earlier this week, the teen Grammy-winner took to Twitter and condemned the act of retouching natural beauty. Though it was never specified who altered Lorde’s imperfect skin—media outlet or fan—the singer-songwriter was explicit in her preference.

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This isn’t the first time that the young artist has spoken out against unrealistic societal expectations. She’s been known to post makeup-free selfies (complete with acne cream!), encourage feminism as “completely natural” and occasionally criticize other celebrities for their depiction of female roles in relationships. (We’re lookin’ at you, Selena Gomez.)

Her criticism adds to a mounting backlash against photo retouching, following Aerie’s #aeriereal campaign that launched in January, the controversy surrounding Lena Dunham’s February Vogue cover and mostly recently, Target’s thigh gap incident. Though the jury’s still out on what it all means for airbrushed photos, the verdict on Lorde is clear: she’s comfortable in her own skin, flaws and all.

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