Bella Thorne asked GQ not to use Photoshop: ‘I’m a human being

I am of two conflicting thoughts or feelings on celebrities doing this. For a lot of the stars, actresses, celebrities, there is not a huge difference between photoshop or no photoshop. After all for most it is in their job’s best interest to take care in how they look.

Embracing her insecurities on Instagram, Bella Thorne revealed on Thursday how she specifically asked GQ Mexico not to retouch her photos in a recent spread.

Similar to how a secretary works at keeping up, even improving her typing error free speed. Often the person running photoshop can actually do more damage than they are trying to fix.

One celebrity was horrified to see the editor of a magazine was not happy with her photo shoot so they assembled her, badly, from a diverse collection of images they found. That became her cover shot.

Then it is usually done under the guise of empowerment, with more press being given to her quote than the actual magazine shot it is referencing.

However, even though only 19 Bella steps into the glare of the social camera with insecurities, skin conditions plus a desire to be honest about it.


Thorne, who struggles with a skin condition called dermatitis, has also shared numerous photos of herself without makeup on across her many social media accounts.

So Bella posts her GQ position with more credibility than most. She has an outspoken purpose that is threaded through all her social media and print activity.

She talks about her insecurities but doing it anyway to spark conversations.

I can relate: a client explained to me her reason for coming in was to walk the walk to her daughter about accepting body image. Her own body image terrified her, as it had her mother. Neither wanted time in front of a camera.

The result was she had no photos of her mom. This was not going to happen to her daughter! Her session with us got her very comfortable with the camera, her body. I also taught her ways to pose to look better. It all changed her life, she told me later.

Does stars talking about being regular then proving it with no photoshop but lots of skilled makeup along with stylist dressing empower other women?

Or perhaps it is the onslaught of headlines saying in so many different ways, it is ok to be normal; bumps, lines, wrinkles etc slowly seep into the subconscious deep enough for people to find comfort in comparisons.

For our clients we don’t do body alterations unless they really want it, which has alway been pretty rare. We do our real magic with the camera, angles and lighting.

Its a bit like going out on a well planned date. Your clothing selection, hair styling, makeup, even shoes are all part of putting the best foot forward. Taking time to enhance assets and reduce concern areas.

That is our approach to our photography. We feel if people admire an image we created for you, but you know or tell them, “Yes, I look great there, only it took them 3 hours of heavy photoshop work to make me look good” it makes you feel worse about yourself.

Which of course is the opposite of what our images should do for you.

Image should always be a form of celebration. Both in the experience of the session and the final image. Done right they will anchor to the image what is happening in your life at the moment.

What do you think: does the outpouring of celebrities talking about keeping it real, make you want to do the same? Does it lessen your respect for the women that don’t? Do you even care, viewing it just as tool celebrities use to keep current?

I am curious.


Posted by: Mark Laurie

World-renown photoartist Mark Laurie of Inner Spirit Photography specializes in Female Portraiture: nudes, boudoir, prenatal & fine art. His empowering images of women reveal their heart & soul.