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Kate Winslet, Jamie Lee Curtis, & More Hollywood Actresses Who Refused to Hide Their Real Bodies On Screen

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Whether or not you realize it, Photoshop plays a huge role in the entertainment industry — probably more so than we even think already. And the favorite target of Hollywood and the media’s Photoshop and retouching tends to be women’s faces and bodies, no matter how impossibly perfect-looking they may already be to begin with. We’ve seen the damage it causes to mental health (for young people especially) to constantly be looking at retouched photos, and it’s clear that the trend has unhealthily shifted beauty standards, making them nearly impossible to achieve. Many actresses, however, have taken a stand against their real bodies being altered on-screen in their movies and TV shows, refusing to allow retouching on their projects — and we absolutely love that.

These actresses — like Jamie Lee Curtis, Keira Knightley, and Kate Winslet — have had enough of seeing their frames whittled down, their wrinkles and rolls smoothed out, and their image being used to perpetuate looking a way they themselves know they don’t appear on camera. These women did what they needed to through public call-outs, contract stipulations, and frank conversations with the media to ensure their un-retouched bodies made it to movie and TV screens, and audiences everywhere are better off for seeing what a real woman’s body actually looks like on camera.

Pirates of the Caribbean star Keira Knightley put it perfectly in 2014, per the Independent: “I think women’s bodies are a battleground and photography is partly to blame.” That’s why she and others are refusing to let retouched images of their bodies be used as ammunition in the war — check out more inspiring women who have said no to getting their movies and TV shows retouched over the years.

A version of this article was originally published on March 2022. 

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