Reality TV Star Photoshops Herself to Show How ‘Deceptive’ Social Media Is

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Reality TV star Bethenny Frankel has revealed how “deceptive” editing and filters can be, by posting a Photoshopped image of herself in a bikini on Instagram.

Real Housewives of New York alum and television personality, Frankel, has also condemned other celebrities who are known for Photoshopping their own social media images.

Frankel shared a heavily edited photo of herself in a bikini last week alongside an unaltered version of that same picture to demonstrate how Photoshopping and filters can change her appearance.

In a caption to the Instagram post she shared last week, Frankel explained just how damaging filters can be and dubbed them outright “inaccurate.”

“Filtering is lying: it is deceptive. It makes women feel badly about themselves,” Frankel writes.

“It makes young girls insecure and obsessed with an unattainable perfection,” she adds. “It makes middle-aged women and mothers feel insecure about themselves.”

“This creates a false ideal for men. It’s the opposite of inspirational. It’s destructive. It’s irresponsible. It’s insecure and it’s inaccurate. There is a line between making an effort to look pretty and an outright falsehood,” she adds.

Frankel’s post racked up over 150,000 likes on Instagram. Many users applauded her for speaking out about the harmful effects caused by celebrities who are known for photoshopping their social media snapshots.

Im an interview with HollywoodLife, Frankel spoke out about how celebrities use professionals to edit their photos and ordinary women can not “keep up” with this.

“Women feel the pressure to [Photoshop] themselves to keep up and even the playing field. But that’s impossible because it takes a team of experts to properly edit pictures,” says Frankel.

“Professional celebrities even make mistakes with their own filtering,” she adds. “We live in a society where it’s acceptable to filter out an actual body part to exhibit unattainable perfection as reality. It’s disgusting and insecure. It becomes an obsession and sickness of endless vanity.”

Frankel’s comments come after Kim Kardashian came under scrutiny for the considerable amount of editing on her social media photos last week. Commercial photographer and educator, Caroline Ross posted a viral video in which she analyzed the astounding ways Kardashian photoshops her images.

Image credits:Feature photo courtesy of Bethenny Frankel’s Instagram.