15 Times Famous People Have Shared Totally Real Photos Of Themselves
Photo retouching used to be something we only really saw in magazines featuring celebrities that were already out-of-this-world gorgeous. But since the dawn of apps like Instagram, altering photos has become the norm. It’s easier than ever to smooth out cellulite or erase a pimple; and while there’s nothing inherently wrong with that, when your feed is crammed full of “perfect” images, it can lead to feelings of insecurity.
Luckily, more and more celebrities are taking it upon themselves to share their real, unfiltered, and unedited bodies. This refreshing movement proves what we already knew but so often forget in the age of social media: that no one is perfect, and “flaws” are perfectly okay — actually, they’re pretty dang beautiful. Here, we’ve rounded up 15 celebrities who have shared unretouched photos of themselves. Prepare to be inspired.
Kourtney Kardashian basically broke the internet with this refreshingly unfiltered bikini pic she shared over the summer. With her booty dimples and stretch marks proudly on display, the Poosh founder received a flood of praise from followers for the welcome dose of realness.
When it comes to celebrities who have shared unretouched photos of themselves, Ashley Graham might just hold the top spot. The model has long been a champion for self-love, which only intensified when she became a mother. About a month after giving birth to her son Isaac, Graham shared a gorgeous selfie of her brand new postpartum stretch marks along with the caption: “Same me. Few new stories.”
In 2017, the Lizzie McGuire actor shared a photo of herself enjoying time on the beach with her son Luca — along with an inspiring message about body image. “Ladies, let’s be proud of what we’ve got and stop wasting precious time in the day wishing we were different, better, and unflawed,” she wrote.
Back in 2015, The Office star showed us that acne does not discriminate — even when you’re a famous actor about to appear on a talk show.
This past summer, Real Housewives of New York alum Bethenny Frankel shared a mirror selfie in a just sports bra and underwear, telling followers “this is me at 50.” She went on to say that she dislikes social media filters because they are “damaging to girls’ and women’s self esteem.” “It’s courageous and beautiful to be real at any age,” she added.
After a tabloid published a story about her “bad skin day”, Kim Kardashian opened up about her struggle with psoriasis, a chronic condition characterized by inflamed, red, and itchy patches on the surface of skin. The now 40-year-old shared selfies with an ointment slathered on her face along with photos of her leg covered in large red patches, saying that while there’s currently no cure for psoriasis, she’s hopeful for the future.
The Bachelor alum got real with her followers when sharing a carefree IG photo showing off her postpartum tummy and body hair. “Every mom bod is different,” Martinez wrote in the caption. “Some are thin and some are round, some are wrinkly and some are hairy, some are light and some are brown. No one’s body is [puke emoji]. If you think otherwise, kindly f–k off or unfollow.”
Demi Lovato has continued to be open about her history with eating disorders, and to celebrate their continued recovery last year, Lovato threw some glitter on their stretch marks to show just how far they’ve come.
It seems like almost every beach photo on IG has some kind of editing, but model Iskra Lawrence’s are always a breath of fresh air.
Helen Mirren snapped this fresh-faced photo “literally first thing in the morning” in March of 2020, which blessed our feeds greatly.
We love celebrities who have shared unretouched photos, but something we might just love more? When brands get on board. Selena Gomez’s recent collab with swimwear brand La’Mariette not only featured stunning designs, but completely unretouched campaign imagery.
Leave it to Chrissy Teigen to make bruises and stretch marks look adorable.
Kelly Clarkson isn’t about to let a little bit of acne ruin her fun — just take a look at this photo of the former American Idol star happily sporting a sheet mask and pimple cream.
Lizzo has essentially become the poster child for unapologetic confidence, and we love to see it. Over the summer, she shared a series of nearly nude, unedited photos with the caption, “Oops…I forgot to FaceTune these.”
Kelly Rowland looks amazing in this unedited beach photo, cellulite and all.
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