Marina Diamandis – formerly known by her stage name Marina and the Diamonds – has called out a designer for photoshopping her legs to look like “sticks” after she wore one of the label’s dresses to an awards ceremony.
The Welsh singer took to social media to speak out against the fashion brand but kept them anonymous.
The 33-year-old’s tweet, which soon garnered over 13,000 likes, reads: “I wore a designer’s clothes to an award show recently to support her. The next day she posted a photo of me on Instagram and had photoshopped my legs and thighs to look like literal sticks.”
Marina described the moment as “internalised misogyny in full action” and called for fellow designers to “do better” and “be less dumb”.
The singer admitted that 10 years ago, she would have been hurt by the manipulated image and would have probably even reposted the photoshopped photograph. But now, she understands that it’s “irresponsible” to distort somebody’s figure.
“If you want me to wear your clothing, don’t photoshop my wonderful hourglass body shape as if it’s is unacceptable,” she added.
Fans soon started to speculate which designer was behind the scandal with some believing it to be Greek couturier Celia Kritharioti.
Back in December 2018, Diamandis wore one of the designer’s sheer ruffled jumpsuits on the Fashion Awards red carpet.
Amid the speculation, the singer simply retweeted one of her fan’s responses to the criticism explaining that it isn’t about the designer’s identity but “the need to photoshop another woman’s body to fit a certain mould”.
But Marina isn’t the only celebrity to call out the fashion industry for photoshopping images without permission.
The 33-year-old revealed that she wasn’t aware that you could ban airbrushing back then and admitted that looking 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.
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