Despite efforts to join the body-positive movement, Bella Thorne received a storm of backlash for her recent GQ Mexico cover.
A post shared by GQ México y Latinoamérica (@gqmexico) on Sep 28, 2017 at 6:59am PDT
The actress shared the photos on her social media pages with a caption claiming she had asked for no retouching and got candid about her own insecurities. Although Thorne’s intentions might have been sincere to call out the industry for its history of heavily editing celebrities to make them look perfect, the internet is not having it.
I specifically asked for no re touching on this photo, and lemme tell you I have insecurities, about pretty much everything. That's natural & that's human. You might look at this photo and think oh shush bella, but just know everytime someone looks in the mirror they simply don't see what everyone else sees. Know that it's completely normal to feel insecure and it's accepted. honestly I wish everyone talked more about their insecurities so more people in the world could know they aren't alone. That it's ok. As a public persona you know naturally that everytime you shoot with a magazine there is always small retouching. Cuz yeah if they show my acne scars or a wrinkle in my forehead or my teeth aren't perfectly white, people will look at the photo and say no she's not perfect and usually most people don't want the public trashing and I get it, But fuck it I'm here to tell you that's right I'm not FUCKING PERFECT. IM A HUMAN BEING AND IM REAL. So hip hop your asses over the fence and GET OVER IT. @gqmexico
A post shared by BELLA (@bellathorne) on Sep 28, 2017 at 12:51pm PDT
Many of her fans took to Twitter to express their dissatisfaction that despite asking for no retouching, Thorne still looks flawless.
Trying to find where they didn’t retouch like pic.twitter.com/DzMPymPkBq
— Aмвєяяαє Scнσℓтz (@aaamberxo) September 30, 2017
But I legit don't see a single flaw???
— Leanne (@learigbyx) September 28, 2017
However, it is not the fact that Thorne has a perfect body that her fans are unhappy about. People pointed out that if she was someone who was outside the Hollywood beauty standards, she would be heavily criticized instead of praised.
no offense but you have the ""ideal"" body type imagine being 20 lbs heavier/thinner you'd be ripped to shreds rather than applauded
— j a k (@jaknouveau) September 30, 2017
wow bella thorne is SO BRAVE for asking GQ to not retouch this photo of herself when it is SO outside conventional standards of beauty https://t.co/ScoAgWgH5m
— rachel (@wainz_world) September 30, 2017
On top of the body-positive statement, the Twitterverse is furious about her caption’s last line. Thorne wrote, “So hip hop your asses over the fence and get over it.”
No one noticed the passive-aggressive racism tho? Lol
— Javian (@Not_Javian) September 30, 2017
Last line is definite an insensitive pun towards Mexicans. Not cool.
— Miss B. Haven (@Beautymark99) September 30, 2017
Oh yeah, totally not retouched AT ALL! Also are we gonna forget about the racist comment at the end of the article?? Um okay…
— No One (@needs2Bsaidrn) October 1, 2017
Fans are calling it insensitive because not only is she posing for GQ Mexico but she fails to consider President Trump’s desire to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
So we just gon go to Mexico and make a border hoping joke? Ok. pic.twitter.com/sRHwpROPso
— Dennis Fowler Jr (@DennisFowlerJr) September 30, 2017
How can she not mean it? She used an insensitive stereotype towards a group of people
— (@milehighashton) September 30, 2017
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