Fashion magazine Modeliste has pulled an upcoming issue after former Disney child star Zendaya called out the publication for altering one of her images to make her look slimmer.
The Daily Mail reports the Los Angeles-based magazine, which is described on its website as “an oasis of inspiration dedicated to documenting style, fashion, travel and art,” photographed the teen for its November issue. Modeliste describes itself as an “authentic” source for emerging fashion and beauty trends.
On her Instagram page Tuesday, the 19-year-old singer and actress posted an original image from the photo shoot alongside the final edit and described her “shocked” reaction to finding out the publication had manipulated her appearance.
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. 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😍😘 Thank you @modelistemagazine for pulling down the images and fixing this retouch issue.
“Had a new shoot come out today and was shocked when I found my 19 year old hips and torso quite manipulated,” wrote the teen.
“These are the things that make women self conscious, that create the unrealistic ideals of beauty that we have. 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,” she added.
Zendaya then thanked the magazine for agreeing to pull the images.
Modeliste Editor-in-Chief Amy McCabe responded to the controversy on the mag’s website Thursday and announced she was pulling the entire issue to have the images “restored to their original, natural state.”
McCabe wrote: “Upon review of the final edited images which had been submitted to us by an independent editing company, together, as a collaboration between myself, Zendaya and her parents, we concluded that the images had been retouched to an extent that was not acceptable and not true to the values and ideals we represent and promote in our publication.”
The editor thanked Zendaya for “raising a very important issue” and promised to release an “Unedited Edit” soon.
Zendaya made headlines in February when Fashion Police co-star Giuliana Rancic made a comment about Zendaya’s dreadlocks that was interpreted as racist.
“I feel that she smells like patchouli oil… or weed,” said Rancic, prior to the 87th Academy Awards.
The teen called Rancic’s comments “ignorant racial slurs” in a response on Instagram, writing, “To say that an 18 year old young woman with locs must smell of patchouli oil or ‘weed’ is not only a large stereotype but outrageously offensive.”