Woman Photoshops Herself With a "Perfect" Body in Response to Cyber-Bullying
Cassey Ho is a fitness guru and author of "Blogilates", a YouTube channel that gives tutorials on Pilates and bootcamp workouts. She is also a victim of mass amounts of cyber-bullying, as she gets bombarded with nasty comments about her body on a regular basis. As you can see in this picture, she is a healthy and fit woman who clearly takes care of herself. So naturally, there are hundreds of a**holes out there who feel the need to make her feel bad about herself.
Healthy woman Cassey Ho holds an idyllic, skinny vegetable.
Sick and tired of reading mean, hurtful, and downright nasty comments from countless internet trolls, Cassey decided to respond to the comments by Photoshopping herself into having what the mean commenters would describe as the "perfect" body type. “Our friends, our families and just random commenters can really change how we feel about our bodies, and make us feel insecure,” she explained to People magazine. She created a video that shows how awful it is to receive comments like "You shouldn't give advice when you're so fat," and then undergoes the "perfect body" Photoshop transformation, giving herself a bigger thigh gap, smaller waste, bigger breasts, narrower jaw, and even a change of eye color.
After she released the video, Ho told People, “The goal is to show that cyber-bullying and mean comments really affect people, and to think before you say something. I hope that people do the exact opposite after seeing this video.”
In addition to posting the video on YouTube, Cassey uploaded a Photoshopped image of herself onto her Instagram without telling people it had been altered, and the resulting comments from that photo weren't much better than her previous unaltered images.
She also had this to say about the video:
Wow guys. The response on yesterday's post was moving, incredible, and shocking all at once. Thank you. I couldn't have asked for anything more.
I'm happy that many of you clicked over to watch my short film when you saw my new "perfect" body. You experienced the most powerful video I have ever created. You saw me strip down my confidence and self esteem. You saw me raw. Hurt. And vulnerable. For those who haven't seen it yet, please click on the link in my bio.
I wanted to post again because there was a weird phenomenon that happened when I posted this Photoshopped picture. On the very same photo, I got some people praising me and others degrading me.
What worries me is this: 1. That some people think this is real and that it should be "goals." 2. That some people still think it's not good enough.
It's tough knowing what's real and what's not when magazine covers and music videos are Photoshoppedphotoshopped (yes, music videos), Instagram pics are Photoshoppedphotoshopped, and so many women are getting sure we to know what ty can be naturally achieved when everything around us is so deceiving?
If you want to know what you can do to help stop body shaming, all I ask is that you share the video with at least 1 person. That's all.
After countless days of shooting, weeks of editing, visual effects, and lots of hard work from a team of amazing people, my short film was turned into a reality. Thank you to James Chen, James Jou, and @smashboxcosmetics for helping me bring this to life. #madeatsmashbox
I hope you guys liked it. I love you. Stay beautiful.
Conclusion: KEEP YOUR MEAN OPINIONS ABOUT PEOPLES' BODIES TO YOURSELF, A**HOLES.