A 20-year old computer technician became internet famous after creating these Photoshopped images of celebrities turned fat.
From Kim Kardashian to Emma Watson, David Lopera transformed images of these beloved celebrities into a plus-sized version of themselves.
Some are calling these images beautiful and a win for the size acceptance movement. We admire how well he has illustrated that beauty is not only at one size. By taking this commonly famed stars known for their gorgeous looks, he’s created a space for people to reevaluate how they approach appearance and beauty standards.
However, that multi-dimensional approach to beauty does not seem to be what Lopera had intended. According to the Daily Mail, Lopera said “These women look much better when they’re overweight… That’s a real women right there… Look at my pictures and you will see that big is beautiful. For example, Mila Kunis is much sexier with chunky thighs and a bulging belly that hangs around her waist.”
Lopera’s words simply add to the problem of beauty being defined a single way. It’s fine for you to have a preference, but to say that other preferences are wrong is at the heart of the issue: men dictating that women can feel beautiful in only one way.
In fact, others feel that Lopera approaches the subject matter completely wrong. If he wants plus-sized women to be considered beautiful, then we need to do that with plus-sized women. There was an element of resentment over the fact that a man was manipulating a woman’s body for his own gain and purposes.
UK journalist Bethany Rutter explained to Bustle that, “I think it’s totally inappropriate for a thin man to be manipulating the image of women in this way. Yes, of course ‘fat women can be beautiful too.’ But there are loads of fat women making this point all over the internet, without instrumentalizing other women’s bodies to do it. It shows the real problem is that there are next to no fat female celebrities that are portrayed as being attractive, so filling the public eye with beautiful fat women is the way to combat this. Not by manipulating the image of other women.”
This puts the concept of using “real” images of women at the center of the debate. Recently, an untouched photo of Cindy Crawford was leaked, which received praise for its honesty. Almost simultaneously, Beyonce’s untouched photos revealing (barely any) acne received scorn and disappointment from her fans. The world’s acceptance of “real” and genuine photos of women shifts almost haphazardly from subject to subject.
What do you think about Lopera’s images? Is it artwork? Is it beautiful? Or is it manipulation?
Carly Rae Jepson