At last! One of the world's top beauty bloggers admits she's 'way too into' Facetune
There has been a lot of talk in recent months about the lengths some influencers and bloggers go to to alter their appearance online.
In short, critics feel that photo-editing practises that makes your body look slimmer, your boobs bigger, your legs longers, or your skin clearer is irresponsible and misleading.
The blogger community in Ireland has remained largely silent on the matter - but one of the world's top Instagram stars has now spoken out about the prevalence of Facetune (the app that lets you quickly touch-up your selfies).
Hudda Kattan - aka Huddabeauty - is based in Dubai. She has 25m followers on Instagram and has her own cosmetics line that includes palettes, eyelashes, nails, lipsticks, liners, and foundations.
The 34-year-old stated recently: "I started feeling like people were waaay too into Facetune (myself included), but we don’t need it as much as we think we do and I feel sometimes we go too far."
She shared a before/after photo sequence - the altered version of whic showed her with the likes of a smaller waist and fuller hair.
Hudda admitted: "This topic is pretty embarrassing for me to open up about but I feel it has to be done."
She went on to say that while realistically she will continue to use Facetune in the future, "I think as a community we can all try to use it less".
I started feeling like people were waaay too into Facetune (myself included), but we don’t need it as much as we think we do and I feel sometimes we go too far! This photo is exaggerated, but I was inspired by some videos I saw on photoshop! What do you guys think? Are you guys a fan of photoshop or do you think people take it took far? This topic is pretty embarrassing for me to open up about but I feel it has to be done! I will use it in the future, but I think as a community we can all try to use it less
Seems like a sound enough summation, however, the response (the post has notched up 172K likes in four days) from her fans has actually been a pretty mixed bag.
"You don't need to be embarrassed for opening this up... no one can look perfect... that's why theres photoshop to correct the flaws for your own satisfaction," one said, adding: "I’m so proud that you took so much courage to bring this up here."
Still, another stated: "You should either promote loving yourself the way you are and not use it, or just use it. Don’t say we should use it less and conform to today’s beauty standards, we shouldn’t use it at all."
Somebody else chipped in with: "I think it’s too much sometimes... makes me feel so self conscious about myself in all angles and when I see myself in the mirror in a bag angle... I feel so ugly and fat." It was a sentiment echoed by a further user: "Photoshop is part of the reason girls have insecurities feel the need to change themselves to be beautiful, we’re all better off without it."
What do you guys reckon? Should bloggers, influencers, and ordinary gals like us just ditch Facetune and filters for good?