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Instagram Photoshops People To Show Them How They “Should” Look


Photoshop Fantasy finds pictures of regular people and “enhances” them. First off, the Photoshop work isn’t very good and is utterly insulting. The account user lightens the skin of Black people and widens the eyes of Asian people, it also suggests that in order for a woman to be beautiful she needs to be covered in eighteen pounds of tacky makeup.

A writer for The Frisky, Carrie Nelson, posted a picture of herself without make up only to discover a few hours later that it had been “enhanced.” According to, “Hours later, she went back through her Instagram feed, and discovered that her new follower had given her selfie an unsolicited and unwanted makeover. Photoshop_fantasy had taken her photo, added some blush, pink lipstick and mascara, and redone Carrieā€™s face. Her skin was smoothed over, and the corners of her mouth upturned.”

Nobody asked to “look better,” Photoshop Fantasy. Since the incident the account has issued an apology saying, “Hello lovely followers!We want to apologize for the inconveniences this account has caused with the unadvised photoshops. We deleted them and promise to not do these again without permission. What we did was wrong and we are sorry, and we certainly didn’t intend to hurt anyone. Thank you for your comprehension!”

You’re welcome for my comprehension!

    Emerald is an editor at CollegeCandy, lover of coffee, and pretend francophile. After studying writing and popular culture at NYU she decided to be a grownup and get a job. Tweet at ya' girl @EmeraldGritty.