Why Jameela Jamil has started a war on airbrushing photographs of women.

In the last few months, Jameela Jamil has certainly cemented herself as a champion of body positivity.

From launching an Instagram account called “I Weigh” to publicly wishing that celebrities who promote detox teas will “sh*t their pants in public”The Good Place actress has proved she’s never afraid to speak her mind.

And this week, it’s no different.

In tweets earlier this week, the model and radio presenter claimed that airbrushing photographs should be made illegal.

Sharing photos of male and female actors over the age of 50, Jameela pointed out how Photoshop is “being weaponised against women”.

“This is how we portray men in their 50s on magazine covers and women in their 50s,” the actress said, sharing magazine covers featuring Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and Josh Brolin.

“Look at the difference. Men who age are sexy in HD. Women mostly just shouldn’t dare age,” she continued.

“Men can celebrate the inevitable, we must fear it.”

Expanding later on Twitter, Jameela wrote: “Photoshop in advertising and magazines is so often used in ways that are ageist, albeist, fatphobic, racist and deeply sexist.”

“It does more harm than good. We are making people almost allergic to the mere sight of normal human features. This only ends badly,” she added.


Jameela also explained that she has banned photos of herself from being airbrushed.

Understandably, the actress’ tweets received thousands of responses.


In an article for the BBC published on Sunday prior to the tweets, Jameela outlined why she believes airbrushing is a crime against women.

“I think it’s [airbrushing] a disgusting tool that has been weaponised, predominately against women, and is responsible for so many more problems than we realise because we are blinded by the media, our culture and our society,” she wrote in the piece.

“I suffered from eating disorders as a teenager and so I know how damaging “perfect” images in magazines can be.”

What do you think about Jameela’s stance on airbrushing? Let us know in the comments.

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