Troian Bellisario Weighs In on Photoshopped GQ Photos — “Of Course We Were!”
The Pretty Little Liars girls are natural beauties and their photoshoots are basically flawless. But what we love most about these ladies is that they're candid about what goes into a photoshoot — retouching and all.
"So by now you have seen many a shot from #GQ and many people have said that we were photoshopped... OF COURSE WE WERE! that's a very specific type of photo shoot. And looking very blown out and perfected was obviously what they were looking for. Great. Cool. As long as we acknowledge how it was achieved so we know it's not real. Here's some behind the scenes of my body the way it is and was on the day. I'm not mad at how these pictures turned out, the girls and I had an absolute blast. More fun than we've had on a photoshoot in a while, and I think you can see that in our eyes and smiles. But it's the same everywhere. It's the same way on the posters of our show and even in women's magazines. 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 because @themarkwildman kicks my butt in aerial. But 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."
Have we mentioned how amazing this girl is? This isn't the first time that the PLL girls have spoken out about edited images. When the Season 4 key art was released in December 2013, both Troian and Ashley Benson (Hanna) took to social media to make it clear that the image wasn't real. "We all have flaws. No one looks like this. It's not attractive," Ashley wrote at the time. Troian agreed, "But aren't we attractive enough women as we are? Why can't we just look like us. Once."
Click through the gallery to see behind-the-scenes photos from the photoshoot before all of the retouching. The finished images look incredible too, especially after reading Troian's explanation of the glossy, perfect look.
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