Troian Bellisario Posts Swimsuit Selfie To Show What The Pretty Little Liars Look Like Without Photoshop

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When the cast of Pretty Little Liars posted previews of their upcoming GQ spread on Instagram yesterday, I was a little bit surprised. There’s obviously nothing unusual about seeing a sexy spread from a men’s magazine that takes tons of artistic liberties with Photoshop, but it seemed out of character for the cast to be promoting the photos without mentioning the degree to which their bodies were altered. Troian Bellisario, Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, and Shay Mitchell have earned their status as role models by being careful not to put pressure on their young fans to replicate what they see in magazines, and I really admire them for that. Luckily, the apprehension I was feeling yesterday has been completely erased by the statement Troian just released on Instagram.

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After explaining that these photos are part of a very specific kind of spread that isn’t meant to represent real life, Troian goes on to post a handful of iPhone photos from the day of the shoot that show off her real-world body. In her words:

This industry seems to invest more in perfection than in flaw. But flaw and individuality, to me, are what make a human being interesting, they make our stories worth telling. Unfortunately, the flaws don’t usually sell products or magazines. I’m proud of my body and the way it looks. … My hips and thighs are a part of me (even though they magically weren’t in some shots!) I get those things from my momma. And I’m happy to shake what my momma gave me.

Nice. I’m continually impressed with the way these women talk to their fans. And even though I’m far removed from the teenagers who make up the bulk of the PLL fandom, it’s still nice for me to be reassured that the things we see on screens and glossy pages are just fantasies that we don’t need to compete with.

“Photoshopped or not, I work with three of the most gorgeous women on the planet,” Troian writes. “Goddesses without hair and makeup as well.”

Photos: Getty Images, @sleepinthegardn

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    • Alana Vincenza

      Love it when celebs call out magazines for their shitty photoshop. Good for her!

    • Alicia715

      I am all about the message that they are trying to put out there.

      Here comes the but.

      She isn’t representative of the “average” body either. She complains about them erasing about her stomach and thighs but the girl doesn’t have much body fat. That’s totally fine and she should own her body and praise everything amazing it does for her, but my stomach and thighs are much bigger than hers and that’s awesome too because my body also does a number of fantastic things for me.

      This is totally a step in the right direction, but I don’t think it is really all that body inclusive.

      • Maddie

        I get what you’re saying..but how was she supposed to do any different? Is she supposed to gain weight because she’s not being inclusive of girls who aren’t as naturally thin as she is? She’s just trying to show that she’s comfortable with the body she has..which isn’t perfect. I think this is where a breakdown happens. Lots of people would kill to have her body, but I’m sure there are things about her body that she wishes she could change..maybe she wishes she had bigger boobs or a bigger butt. You can’t expect one person to represent all body types in the most literal way. She only has one body.

      • Alicia715

        I don’t think she needs to gain weight, unless she is unhealthy. Anyway, I think she should be aware that she has a body people would kill her. She complained about her thighs, if I were 14 and loved her (I think that’s the age group PPL is for, right?) her remark would have made me feel worse for having large thighs. That’s what I meant. She should be able to celebrate and even complain insomuch to say that everyone has something about themselves they don’t like. I felt like her remark didn’t show that everyone has something they don’t like and that’s okay so be happy with your body. I felt it was purely self deprecating. Just my opinion though.