Nowadays, whenever you see an actor or model on a magazine cover, better believe their photo will be airbrushed to the max, and it usually doesn’t matter how attractive or beautiful they are. And you would figure that most celebrities would have some kind of say on the amount of airbrushing that’s being done, but that’s not always the case, which is why rapper Nicki Minaj took the folks at ESPN to task for touching up her photo too much.
The cover shows a svelte looking Minaj standing next to a dapper looking Kobe Bryant for ESPN magazine’s music issue, and although her photo doesn’t look severely touched up, she took to her Instagram page to say she didn’t care for it at all, and she wished a better job was done.
Then, the former “American Idol” judge posted the original shot along with the finished one, and wrote this: “I love my personal unretouched photos where my forehead doesn’t mysteriously grow in length.”
And it just wasn’t the airbrushing that set Minaj off, she said, it was the fact that it was done in a bad way. “When retouching goes wrong,” she wrote.
Of course, Minaj isn’t the only celebrity who chose to speak out against airbrushing. Actress Keira Knightley complained of it too. In an interview with Allure magazine, she said many of her movie posters are touched up to the point where she only recognizes her face.
“They always pencil in my boobs,” she said. “I was only angry when they were really, really droopy. For King-Arthur, for a poster, they gave me these strange droopy t-ts. A, I don’t have t-ts anyway, and B, they digitally made them, and I thought, Whoaaaaa! It’s my face on that poster.”
And just like Minaj, Knightley felt it wasn’t just the fact that her photo was airbrushed, but it was airbrushed poorly. “I thought, ‘Well, if you’re going to make me fantasy breasts, at least make perky breasts.”
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