Actress Jameela Jamil is a fan favorite on NBC's The Good Place. But, she's also making headlines for other reasons. Recently, she started the @i_weigh movement to inspire body positivity and confidence. She also blasted celebs who promote detox products to their fans saying it promotes unhealthy habits. Now, she's in the news again because of her opinion that airbrushing in magazines should be illegal.
Jamil stated that she thinks airbrushing of celebrities is "a disgusting tool that has been weaponized, predominately against women." The self-proclaimed "feminist-in-progress" argues that the continued usage of photo manipulation is a source of unethical lies that is harmful to consumers and those being photoshopped alike. She is definitely familiar with the dangers she is talking about, as she has been very open about her past struggles with an eating disorder.
Her thoughts on photoshopping remind us of a debate that has been at the forefront of feminism for a while. The way things are marketed and the appearances that are put forth in the media can be dangerous, especially to young girls. Jamil says they also put the confidence of the person being photoshopped at risk, causing them to question what was so wrong that they needed to be edited in the first place. She also points out the difference in the way men are portrayed by editing. Where their age and ruggedness are applauded, the same qualities in women are hidden. That's why she says the practice of airbrushing should be made illegal.
Her comments sparked some debate saying that calling for airbrushing to be outlawed was too extreme and not all that helpful.
She followed up on Twitter, "I know I'm being a bit extra over this whole thing, but the war against women's bodies/general image is ongoing and out of control. Teen surgery, eating disorders and self-harm are at an ALL TIME HIGH. So it's going to involve a big noise to fight back." There's no doubt, Jameela Jamil has strong opinions on the topic and she's going to continue to fight for what she believes.
What do you think? Is Jameela Jamila right? Should photoshopping celebrities be illegal or is that taking things too far? Let us know in the comments!