The Pretty Little Liars Cast Deserves So Much Better Than This Photoshop Hack Job

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[UPDATE: Troian Bellisario has since responded.]

If you’re a Pretty Little Liars fan, you’ve been watching the fabulous four (Troian Bellisario, Shay Mitchell, Ashley Benson, and Lucy Hale) since the show debuted in 2010. I’ve seen these women in enough episodes that I could probably spot them in a huge crowd… so why didn’t I just recognize them on my Instagram feed?

Ashley has been posting previews of a spread in GQ that features the PLL cast looking sexed-up, super beautiful, and super Photoshopped. I’m not saying the photos don’t look good, because they obviously do, but the degree to which these already beautiful women have been altered with a computer is kind of disturbing.

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This show actively rebels against teen girl stereotypes– the characters are good, decent people who don’t talk behind each other’s backs, and significant others are always less important than family and friends– and even though the hair, makeup, and clothes are outlandish, the show never makes a mockery of femininity. I’m constantly impressed with the stars of the show for being great role models, too. They’ve opened up about their struggles with eating disorders, they’ve urged their fans not to compare themselves to the women they see on TV, and they’ve even spoken up about the dangers of over-Photoshopping. So doesn’t this photo seem kind of… out of place?

While I understand that GQ‘s target demographic is probably, you know, not high school girls, it still makes me sad to see some of the smartest female characters on TV getting reduced to shiny, poreless Barbies. I’m not trying to say that talented, intelligent women can’t also want to look sexy in a magazine (and if someone offered to Photoshop me into a swimsuit model, I probably wouldn’t complain), but it’s so shitty that the magazine version of “hot” always means “barely human.” They’re all gorgeous. They’re all sexy. Why do they have to be slimmed down, slicked up, open-mouthed, and fatless?

Photos: @sleepinthegardn, @itsashbenzo

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    • capoupascap

      I didn’t even recognize Troian Bellisario. if I didn’t know it was the PLL cast I’d have thought it was just a model. It doesn’t even vaguely look like her!

    • dave

      need I point out that this is a men’s magazine and they pretty girls?

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      • JenH1986

        They are still pretty girls…without photoshop.

    • Mirre

      i wonder if the author of this article knows how much makeup they wear on PLL? It’s not like they’re all natural there either. I personally think it’s a thousand times more crazy how perfect they look on the show, every single episode, all of the time. It’s very very unreal…

    • Léana06

      I’m not agree with you, Shay Mitchell was absolutely stunning on ALL her pictures, with or without photoshop or make up, Troian Bellisario don’t make up herself so much but she have a great body and a cute face you can see that on her instagram when she make sports, with make up she is a beaut’ too; both of her are thin it’s not photoshop… Ashley and Lucy have more forms and you see that even on the GQ but you know with a good make up, fashion designer, photographer, assistant and light you can have that result, okay photographs uses photoshop but don’t blaim them because those actress are beautiful… It’s not fair.

    • B550

      Troian has addressed this on her instagram page. It’s a good read.

    • albatrosMyster

      I have seen hack jobs in print, some look like dools, it becomes uncanny… what can we say? shit happens… the person working the picture does too much of a “good thing” and push it too far, they’re too close to their own screen, or maybe they’re paid by the hour, so the more you do the better it is?

      Now, don’t expect people to stop photoshoping, even small color adjustments, or a local paper removing a pimple from a local teen.. it just happens.