Lady Gaga is not a fan of excessive Photoshop on her magazine photos. She makes this very clear in the new issue of Glamour, which she covers.
At Glamour's 2013 Women of the Year Awards, the December cover girl accepted her award with a sharp critique of Glamour's Lady Gaga photos.
Speaking at Carnegie Hall, Lady Gaga said that, like fellow honoree Malala Yousafzai, she was going to use her voice to speak up about her cover.
"I felt my skin looked too perfect. I felt my hair looked too soft," said the star of the images. "I do not look like this when I wake up in the morning."
Speaking slowly and carefully, Gaga made it clear that the way covers like this are tweaked and smoothed can have damaging effects on readers.
She urged young people to "fight back against the forces that say you have to be beautiful," and called for the publications themselves to change:
"It is fair to write about the change in magazines. But what I want to see is the change on covers... When the covers change, that's when culture changes."
It's a theme that's becoming more and more common lately, in response to airbrushing techniques that seem to be getting more and more overt.
Some say the idealization of unrealistic female bodies, in particular, can be problematic for today's youth - and that image doctoring is a primary culprit.
Especially given that the superstar was receiving an award from the very magazine she was critiquing, her point was even more vivid and noteworthy.
Lady Gaga's overarching message, though, was more broad and abstract - pro-acceptance, particularly of people's quirks, tastes and appearances.
What do you think? Will stars like Gaga speaking out against airbrushing make a difference? And is there even a difference that needs to be made?
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