Jameela Jamil says airbrushing has no place in modern society.
“The Good Place” actress is calling for an end to the practice in a piece for BBC. She said airbrushing works to “sell you the lie of perfection… I want it gone. I want it out of here.”
“It is anti-feminist. It is ageist. It is fat-phobic. It looks weird. It looks wrong. It’s robbing you of your time, money, comfort, integrity and self-worth,” Jamil argued. “Delete the apps and unfollow those who are complicit in this crime against our gender.”
“Don’t give your money to any institution that sells you the lie of ‘perfection.’ They are trying to break you, so you will hate yourself and go out and buy something you don’t need, in order to fix something that was never broken in the first place,” she continued. “I suffered from eating disorders as a teenager and so I know how damaging ‘perfect’ images in magazines can be.”
Jamil, 32, has been an outspoken critic of how media and marketing feed on women’s insecurities, whether it be reality television or detox teas.
“I think it’s a disgusting tool that has been weaponized, predominantly against women, and is responsible for so many more problems than we realize because we are blinded by the media, our culture and our society, Jamil added.
“When you filter a woman’s photo you are legitimizing the patriarchy’s absurd aesthetic standards, that women should be attractive to the straight, male gaze at all costs,” she said. “When you filter your selfies, you are doing the same thing.”
Season three of “The Good Place” premiered in September.