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Rachael Leigh Cook Militates Against Photoshop, Calls It a ‘Travesty’

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Actress Rachael Leigh Cook (31) recently expressed her strong attitude against photoshopping and media’s manipulation in a conference that regarded the impact that these have on today’s youth. Her points are quite strong and she is definitely outspoken – lots to read ahead via Huffington Post:

Actress Rachael Leigh Cook has joined forces with Academy Award winner Geena Davis, The Creative Coalition, and Girl Scouts of the USA for a Summit in Washington, D.C to address the impact of media images on youth. The group addressed particularly the struggle girls go through reconciling media’s idealized portrayal of women with their own bodies and self-worth.

“I did not grow up getting told about how manipulated the images we see of women and girls out there are, and I think it’s an absolute travesty that young women are seeing what the media is feeding them,” Cook told Pop Tarts. “It breaks my heart to be part of an industry and part of a machine that really pushes out these images and propagates these really terrible standards that are false.”

This is something Cook, 31, can relate to first-hand. After completing her first film “The Babysitter’s Club” at age 15 in 1995, the actress battled her own body image-related demons.

“I remember gaining quite a bit of weight on the first movie that I worked on because, ‘hey, free food!’. You’re at that stage where your body is just changing so actively, so it was a natural change, but I remember finishing that film and realizing that I had gained probably 10 pounds over the course of filming which is a lot when you’re only 5′2,” Cook said. “I knew then that I needed to go and really try and get healthy. I went too far in the other direction and I worried my parents for a while, I think it’s fair to say. I think that it’s something that many, many teenage girls go through, especially ones that are achievers and ambitious. You’re looking for a sense of control, and when you’re in a really transitional phase in your teenage years, I think it’s a pretty normal reaction to develop food issues.”

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The “She’s All That” star is now not only urging youth to go online and Google “Photoshop Tutorial” to learn exactly what experts do to the images of all the celebrities and models out there, but she also wants the American public to know that even papparazi snaps aren’t all they’re purported to be.

“Nothing that you see is real, even if you look at what looks like a candid photo of someone, anything can be done. It is false advertising and false advertising is a crime so why isn’t this a crime? I’m just up in arms about it,” Cook added. “People need to know that there are actual lenses that are put on cameras that make people stretched out. If you saw these actors in person, you wouldn’t even recognize them as the people you see on TV. It’s just all a complete illusion and maybe it should be viewed as art, the way that art isn’t real. The way that a picture of a rose can be beautiful, but it’s not a real rose.”

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  • Erica

    Well, I have been very anti-photoshop since I found out just how much they change people – but what she says here is even worse than I expected. I think she is admirable to stand up and tell it like it is.
    I agree with her that it should be illegal. A little touch-up to cover a blemish or improve a shadow is one thing – but basically changing someone’s body into a shape it naturally isn’t, is just wrong. I hope lots of people read what she has to say and start challenging the entertainment industry to stop selling us false images of unattainable perfection!

  • rachel is looking pretty hot there actually. no shopping needed for her!

  • marie

    Totally agree with her. I had the same issues as ateenager & even now ( I`m 25) I am not confident and i am critical about my body

  • At first glance I tought it was Natalie Portman lol.

    • ali

      Me too! she looks exactly like Natalie

  • Balthazar

    wow – i could have sworn that was natalie portman

  • Sidney

    A lot of what she says makes sense, and though i always knew the magazine pics were photoshopped, for a long time i didn’t realize to what extent, not even close. I don’t feel like my personal struggles with weight have had that much to do with the world of celebrities and seeing “perfect people”, but i don’t know if it was one aspect of it, and i’m sure it’s building a lot of pressure to some teenagers, and adults alike.

    On a slightly irrelevant note, the 10 lbs she gained, i don’t know if my body is built differently than the “average” or whatever, but i always here this stuff about even the slightest amount of weight gain/loss being visible on short women. I’m 5’3, it’s not that much taller than Rachael, and to me 10 lbs doesn’t make that much of a difference. When i lost 15 lbs my mother said she thought it looked like i had lost some weight, but she wasn’t even sure. 20 lbs and people started commenting, before that, nothing. And i was well within the healthy BMI to start with. Ok yes, very irrelevant to the story but whatever.

    • Erica

      Yeah, I’m 5’4″ and 10lbs doesn’t look much on me either. I think it depends where it goes! I am the sort of person who gains weight all over from head to toes! I think if you gain it mostly on one part of your body then it’s more noticeable.

      • Chrissy

        10 pounds on me is 3 pants sizes….. so yeah it’s bodyshape (I’m a pear). no matter what i’ll still wear an XS top and a 32A

  • sad

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2i0Ds5iezGg

    Again, the realities of photoshop…a little overwhelming to watch, but necessary…

  • sad

    Again, the sad realities of photoshop…difficult to watch, but that displays the truth of it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2i0Ds5iezGg

    • sad

      Sorry about the double up! Don’t mean to be rude.

  • Katy

    I agree with her, but right now I think more people are aware of photoshop techniques. everytime I open up a magazine, I can see it everywhere. Girlfriend and Dolly magazine in Aus have “retouch free zones” in their magazine and also use readers as their models in sections. of course the ads in the magazine are still retouched. But I do think it shows it will change.

  • Lisa

    Easy for her to say, she’s pretty. /bitter.

  • megs

    holy crap there is a puppy in that carrier she is holding and it is soooo effing cute!!!!!!!!!

  • O

    I’ve always loved her. She’s got a great personality, she’s beautiful, and smart. What she says here people should really take notice to. A lot of girls look at these photoshoped models and compare themselves and the results aren’t pretty. That’s why so many anorexic girls that I’ve met pay so much attention to models and fashion. It’s a sad world.