Meet the Gorgeous Model Who Spoke Out Against Photoshop

Body Revolution

When Meaghan Kausman fought against an altered image of her body, the world joined in.

Aug 29, 2014 | 08:39 PM
After Australian model Meaghan Kausman did an underwater fashion shoot with photographer Pip Summerville, an image from the session ended up being used without permission—and totally altered—by Fella Swim, a swimwear company. So, what did Kausman do? She fought against the ideal of "perfection."
Kausman shared a side-by-side comparison of the two photos on Instagram recently, and called out Fella Swim’s decision to drastically change her body in the image.

In the caption, Kausman explains why the images mean so much to her: "Making art is my passion. Creating beautiful photos and meeting inspiring people has really given me a new lease on life. I recently did a photoshoot wearing Fella Swim, with an extremely passionate and talented underwater photographer, Pip, @seagypsea_photography. Her photos are magical; they capture women in water and celebrate their beauty."

She then goes on to express her outrage over the Photoshopped photo: "This morning I was extremely shocked to see that Fella Swim had uploaded a Photoshopped version of Pip's original photo to their Instagram page. They had drastically altered my body, thinning out my stomach and thighs in an attempt to box me in to the cultural ideal of beauty. Above is their version, below is the real version. My body is a size 8, not a size 4. That’s my body!"



Kausman adds, "I refuse to stand by and allow ANY company or person to perpetuate the belief that 'thinner is better.' All women are beautiful, and we come in different shapes and sizes! This industry is crazy!!!! It is NOT OKAY to alter a woman's body to make it look thinner. EVER!"

Fella Swim has since deleted the photo and issued an apology.

Both Kausman and Summerville continue to speak out about the issue, however, in an effort to educate others about the negative effects Photoshopping can have on one's body image. The two, along with the Kausman’s father (a doctor who has worked with patients who suffer from eating disorders), spoke to "Weekend Today," an Australian talk show, all about it. Check out the illuminating video below.

We're proud of Kausman for taking a stand here. What are your thoughts on this issue?

Cover image credit: Instagram/meagsk

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