‘Pretty Little Liars’ Star Troian Bellisario Makes Bold Statement About Photoshopping
On Pretty Little Liars, Spencer Hastings is intelligent, logical and reasonable.
And it seems as though the actress that plays her, Troian Bellisario, possesses those same qualities.
Recently, Troian and her castmates Lucy Hale (Aria Montgomery), Ashley Benson (Hanna Marin) and Shay Mitchell (Emily Fields), shot a high-profile spread for the June issue of GQ Magazine in which they showed some skin in retro-swimwear as they posed poolside.
As the photos began to surface online, many complained that the girls had been intensely Photoshopped for the mag. Now, Bellisario has responded to those comments, though her take on the situation is a bit different than what one might expect.
“So by now you have seen many a shot from #GQ and many people have said that we were photoshopped… OF COURSE WE WERE!” the 28-year-old actress began in a post on Instagram.”[T]hat’s a very specific type of photo shoot. And looking very blown out and perfected was obviously what they were looking for. Great. Cool. As long as we acknowledge how it was achieved so we know it’s not real.”
Troian also posted a series of unedited shots of herself from the photo shoot, writing, “Here’s some behind the scenes of my body the way it is and was on the day. I’m not mad at how these pictures turned out, the girls and I had an absolute blast. More fun than we’ve had on a photoshoot in a while, and I think you can see that in our eyes and smiles. But it’s the same everywhere. It’s the same way on the posters of our show and even in women’s magazines. This industry seems to invest more in perfection than in flaw. But flaw and individuality, to me, are what make a human being interesting, they make our stories worth telling. (Unfortunately the flaws don’t usually sell products or magazines).”
“I’m proud of my body and the way it looks because @themarkwildman kicks my butt in aerial,” she continues. “But my hips and thighs are a part of me (even though they magically weren’t in some shots!) I get those things from my momma. And I’m happy To shake what my momma gave me.”
Finally, Troian shared a photo of all four girls and wrote, “I mean. Photoshopped or not. I work with three of the most gorgeous women on the planet. (Goddesses without hair and make up as well).”
Meanwhile, Ashley Benson and Shay Mitchell also posted a series of teasers from the shoot on their Instagram pages:
What do you think – were the girls overly Photoshopped? Or has this come to be expected? Sound off in the comments section!