Mystery Instagram account claims celebrities subtly alter their OWN social media snaps to hone waists and slim jawlines before sharing them with their armies of fans
- Celebface account compares stars’ Instagram posts to the original photos
- Side by side comparisons often reveal subtly slimmed down waistlines
- Others show faces that appear to have been doctored to sculpt jawlines
- Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Irina Shayk among stars featured
- The private account has half a million followers
The way celebrities’ Instagram snaps are subtly altered to flattering effect before being shared with their fans is being exposed by a mystery account with more than half a million followers.
Celebface, a private account that its some 585,000-strong following had to request to follow, compares Instagram photos shared by stars including Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Irina Shayk with the original images snapped on the red carpet or for magazine shoots.
They point to how the images have been doctored to hone waists and sculpt jawlines before being shared with fans on Instagram, by sharing side by side comparisons of social media posts and original images – supplemented with short looping video clips that make the almost imperceptible tweaks clearer.
The mystery celeb-watcher behind the Instagram account exclusively told FEMAIL that the feed is not about ‘hate’, but for people convinced the stars are ‘perfect’.
‘I just want to show the truth,’ they said.
Other stars targeted by Celebface include Naomi Campbell, Kim Kardashian, Gigi Hadid and Paris Hilton – all of whom have made multi-million pound fortunes off the back of their looks.
On the left is the image Kendall Jenner shared of herself at the Oscar’s Vanity Fair party in March to her Instagram stories, which expire after 24 hours. Celebface compared it with the original red carpet image on the right. The model’s waist appears noticeably slimmer in her social media version
Model Irina Shayk also appears on the Instagram account that accuses celebrities of airbrushing their own posts. Celebface claims Irina has slimmed down her waist in the image on the left, which she posted to her own social media page, when compared to the original red carpet shot on the right
While it’s not uncommon to see heavily filtered snaps on Instagram, subtle retouching to celebrities’ faces and bodies might otherwise slip beneath the radar.
It is not clear whether airbrushing taking place is being carried out by the stars, or members of staff hired to managed their Instagram accounts.
Visible changes highlighted on Celebface include bottoms made curvier, jaws slimmed down, hair made more voluminous and skin that’s been made to appear lighter.
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Celebface often includes sneering captions aimed at the famous faces it features – and reveals how its been blocked by some A-listers unhappy about the unwelcome spotlight.
The anonymous owner of the Celebface handle told FEMAIL: ‘I just want to show the truth.
‘This is not a page for hate. This is the page for people who use Instagram everyday and they think celebrities are perfect.
‘But nobody is perfect. Celebrities are ordinary people.’
The account, which is not public and users must request to follow, has already built up a near 600K-strong fanbase. Its bio reads: If you don’t want to see the truth – leave this page
Celebface has suggested supermodel Naomi Campbell has slimmed down her nose in images she has shared in the past with a series of comparison posts on its feed.
From magazine covers, photoshoots and red carpet events Naomi has posted several pictures that appear to differ form the originals.
And despite her stunning model looks and slender frame, Kendall Jenner’s posts regularly seem to alter the shape of her waist, making it smaller.
While Celebface suggested her business mogul half-sister Kim has edited her trap muscles on her shoulders by trimming them down in one of her own posts, as well as nipping in her waist and streamlining her curves.
Bella is the focus on a series of pictures on Celebface, in this picture of her with sister Gigi the site points out that Bella has slimmed down her own jaw as well as her sibling’s in the left, shared by the model and the right, original image
Naomi Campbell is featured on the Instagram account and according to Celebface the picture on the left, which the supermodel posted on her own page, she has slimmed down her nose when compared to the original image taken by fashion photograpohers Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott for Interview magazine (right)
Kim Kardashian airbrushing was accidentally exposed by friend Olivia Munn who posted the same picture on the right. The changes are almost unnoticeable, but Kim appears to have slimmed down her trap muscle on her shoulder and made her breasts larger in the left
Bella Hadid has shared in a snap in which even her sister Gigi’s jaw appears to have been edited, making it leaner.
The site has been accused of bullying celebrities, as a result of captions such as one it posted with images from a shoot Bella featured in in Vogue Japan, which read: ‘Your parents bought your career, but they didn’t buy the confidence for you.’
Leading plastic surgeon Dr Christopher Inglefield of London Bridge Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Clinic, said of the rise of airbrushing: ‘Everyone has insecurities, even celebrities.
‘But it’s difficult to say exactly why someone famous might adjust their social media posts — it could be down to their own insecurities about the way they look, or down to other self-esteem issues.’
The surgeon explains how this has happened in magazines for years, but ‘availability of the technology means it is now bleeding into the world of social media’.
In the top image that Paris Hilton posted to her Instagram page her waist appears slimmer, by making the change she also alters the size of her boyfriend standing next to her left. In the bottom image by a Morgan Britt (second left) the differences can be seen
‘It shows celebrities are subjected to exactly the same beauty standards as everyone else,’ he added.
Dr Inglefield however encourages people not to ignore the self-esteem issues that affect everyone – young women in particular.
‘Every year, almost 30,000 people in the UK make the difficult decision to undergo a cosmetic procedure, and we know how important it is that the majority do it to improve their quality of life rather than because of some unrealistic standards set on Instagram.
He adds that sometimes it’s ‘too easy to be negative about celebs who adjust images for use on social media’.
‘Maybe they do it because they know many in the media, and members of the public, would be quick to point out their flaws if they didn’t.
He added: ‘A constructive discussion will not begin with negativity aimed towards those who have used Photoshop to make their nose appear slimmer, or breasts larger.
‘In the same way, we wouldn’t — or shouldn’t — criticise someone for making the very difficult decision to have a facelift, a nose job, breast augmentation, or any other procedure.
‘We should try to understand each other’s choices rather than condemn them.’
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