Jameela Jamil has called on celebrities to follow her lead and refuse to have their images airbrushed.
The British actress and body positivity activist shared the new billboard advertisement for the final season of TV show The Good Place on Twitter over the weekend alongside a close-up of her “backfat” hanging over her yellow strapless dress.
Jamil, who plays Tahani Al-Jamil the show, revealed in the caption that she refused to have her image retouched for the poster so people can see what she really looks like.
“Finally, able to INSIST my image, even on billboards isn’t ever airbrushed,” she tweeted. “I get backfat in Every. Single. Bra. And I used to hide/bin so many photos because of ‘muffin tops.’ Double chins/ ‘imperfections’ because I never saw them on people on TV. #freethebackfat.
“I’m aware this isn’t some huge victory, and not ‘brave’ but as someone who had such obsessive body dysmorphia and was so fixated on the embarrassment of what we perceive as ‘flaws’ this is just a little win for little anorexic teenage me.”
The 33-year-old, who has previously opened up about suffering from the eating disorder when she was younger, then called on other celebrities to do the same and show fans that they don’t look as perfect as their retouched images make them appear.
“I know it’s hard because we are perpetually scrutinised and criticised in this industry, but I’m begging other influencers, actors, and models to join me in not allowing airbrushing. We have to stop setting standards for others that we ourselves don’t even meet,” the star continued.
In response, Jamil’s followers shared photos of their imperfections and the actress encouraged them to wear whatever they wanted to.
“Guys, I’m blown away by the response to this. You deserve to wear whatever the fork you like, whenever you like and not feel like you are breaking some sort of ‘rule.’ PLEASE WEAR the Shorts/strapless dresses/skirts/jeans/bathing suits… it’s hot outside dammit,” she concluded.
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