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Jameela Jamil has apologised to fans affected by airbrushed photographs of herself taken in the early stages of her career.
The actress did not know that she could ban Photoshop in her twenties and admitted that looking back at the images now makes her feel ‘gross’.
“When I first started out in this industry, I didn’t know I was allowed to say no to airbrushing,” she told Red magazine. “I was given a whiter face, a little English nose and perfect skinny thighs. It makes me feel gross.”
“I’m sorry to anyone who ever saw pictures of me like that and wanted to be thin like me,” Jamil added.
The actress recently become an advocate for body positivity after launching the i Weigh campaign on social media – a movement designed to encourage others to share what makes them incredible beyond ‘flesh and bones’.
A post shared by I Weigh (@i_weigh) on Jan 3, 2019 at 10:54am PST
Yet despite her influential position, the impact of the airbrushed images has affected the actress longterm.
“I still suffer from body dysmorphia, I can’t get rid of it,” she revealed. “Something’s wrong with my brain and I will rally against it forever.”
Jamil continued: “I don’t weigh myself anymore and I sort of judge my size on how my clothes fit because I know that I’ll never be able to see myself properly.”
But the former television presenter is not afraid to speak up for men and women affected by the media’s portrayal of the seemingly ‘perfect’ celebrity world.
Most recently, Jamil criticised A-listers such as Kim Kardashian and Cardi B who regularly endorse detox slimming teas on Instagram, as she tweeted: “I hope all these celebrities all s*** their pants in public, the way the poor women who buy this nonsense upon their recommendation do.”
They got Cardi B on the laxative nonsense “detox” tea. GOD I hope all these celebrities all shit their pants in public, the way the poor women who buy this nonsense upon their recommendation do. Not that they actually take this shit. They just flog it because they need MORE MONEY pic.twitter.com/OhmTjjWVOp
— Jameela Jamil (@jameelajamil) November 24, 2018
“Not that they actually take this s***. They just flog it because they need MORE MONEY.”
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