Two weeks after Zendaya Coleman slammed Modeliste Magazine for retouching her legs, hips, waistline, and face, the magazine owned up to the fact that they'd taken their touch-ups too far and released images of the unretouched photos.
The new photos show just how much Zendaya's true form had been altered. Her legs and waist were slimmed, her butt was rounded out, her baby-hairs had been erased, and her skin had been enhanced.
On Oct. 21, Zendaya, 19, slammed the magazine for manipulating pictures in an Instagram post showing the altered and unaltered images. "Had a new shoot come out today and was shocked when I found my 19-year-old hips and torso quite manipulated. These are the things that make women self conscious, that create the unrealistic ideals of beauty that we have," she wrote. "Anyone who knows who I am knows I stand for honest and pure self-love. So I took it upon myself to release the real pic (right side) and I love it.”
A day later, editor-in-chief Amy McCabe thanked Zendaya for "raising a very important issue" and announced that Modeliste was working to replace the images. "We were honored to work alongside Zendaya and her entire creative team and family for the photo shoot in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and specifically chose Zendaya as our Cover Model for the issue as we have a deep respect and admiration for her openness, honesty, and the genuine manner in which she connects with her loyal fan base, as well as her integrity," McCabe said.
This isn't the first time Zendaya has raised her voice over a controversial issue. She famously rebutted Giuliana Rancic's comment about her decision to wear dreadlocks to the 2015 Academy Awards, and now knows that she can be a vehicle for change. "My wearing my hair in locks on an Oscar red carpet was to showcase them in a positive light, to remind people of color that our hair is good enough," she told Galore in their October 2015 issue. "I realized that if I don't like something, I can change it. If I don’t feel comfortable with something, then I have a voice to say it’s not cool."
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