'Pretty Little Liars' Star Troian Bellisario Addresses 'GQ' Photoshop Controversy
By Antoinette Bueno
Pretty Little Liars stars Troian Bellisario, Shay Mitchell, Ashley Benson and Lucy Hale pose in their bikinis for a super-sultry spread in the June 2014 issue of GQ magazine, but the pictures aren't without a bit of controversy -- some are complaining that the photos of the already young and beautiful ladies are overly Photoshopped.
And now Bellisario, 28, has taken to Instagram to not only acknowledge the heavy Photoshop, but to show off her real body sans the heavy touch-ups.
"So by now you have seen many a shot from #GQ and many people have said that we were Photoshopped ... OF COURSE WE WERE!" she writes. "That's a very specific type of photo shoot. And looking very blown out and perfected was obviously what they were looking for. Great. Cool. As long as we acknowledge how it was achieved so we know it's not real."
Though she does stress that she's very proud of her body.
"I'm not mad at how these pictures turned out, the girls and I had an absolute blast. More fun than we've had on a photoshoot in a while, and I think you can see that in our eyes and smiles. But it's the same everywhere. It's the same way on the posters of our show and even in women's magazines. This industry seems to invest more in perfection than in flaw. But flaw and individuality, to me, are what make a human being interesting, they make our stories worth telling," she writes. "But my hips and thighs are a part of me (even though they magically weren't in some shots!) I get those things from my momma. And I'm happy to shake what my momma gave me."
Though it's worth noting that her co-star Benson, 24, didn't have the same feelings about Photoshop when she slammed the Pretty Little Liars promotional poster last December.
"Saw this floating around....hope it's not the poster. Our faces in this were from 4 years ago.....and we all look ridiculous. Way too much photo shop. We all have flaws. No one looks like this. It's not attractive," she wrote.