Not cool. Jameela Jamil is speaking out after she noticed a photo of herself online that was edited to make her skin appear lighter than it is in real life.
“I was just doing a new spoof motivation sultry pic and was struck by how edited this picture of me is,” Jamil, 33, wrote via Instagram on Wednesday, March 6. “It made me so mentally unwell trying to live up to this image in person. Airbrushing is the DEVIL.”
The snapshot in question showed the Good Place star posing bashfully in a leopard-print dress. She jokingly captioned the pic: “Never Trust A Fart #motivationalquoteonsultrypic.”
Jamil also pointed out the edits that were made to the image. “Ps. I don’t look like this, they airbrushed me to death,” she wrote. “Where are my titty stretch marks? My arm wasn’t this thin. I am darker skinned than this.”
She continued: “This airbrushing is why women hate their normal knees. My real knees look like a vagina and that’s fine! They even airbrushed my ankles! Imagine thinking something is wrong with ankles?”
The British actress has been outspoken about body-image issues in the past. In November, she called out celebrities who get paid to promote weight-loss beverages. She tweeted: “They got Cardi B on the laxative nonsense ‘detox’ tea. GOD I hope all these celebrities all s—t their pants in public, the way the poor women who buy this nonsense upon their recommendation do.”
Jamil also called out Khloé Kardashian for posting an Instagram story that said the only two things girls want are to “lose weight” and “eat.” The former radio DJ shared a screenshot of the post in January and tweeted: “This makes me sad. I hope my daughter grows up wanting more than this. I want more than this … Dear girls, WANT MORE THAN THIS.”
That same month, Jamil explained why she refuses to bite her tongue. “I think a lot of people in the public don’t speak out about things that they could well use their platform to speak out with,” she told Us Weekly exclusively in January. “They’re afraid of sticking their neck out because if you do, your head gets chopped off.”
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