Beyonce fans are up in arms after a website posted leaked photos of the superstar with acne and blotchy skin. “The Beyonce World” website has since removed the unflattering, un-Photoshopped pictures after being barraged with death threats and hate comments.
“Due to the disdain of the BeyHive, we have removed the photos,” The Beyonce World wrote Feb. 18. “We don’t want to cause any drama, nor do we wish to start fan wars.
“Some of the things we have seen posted were just horrible, and we don’t want any parts of it. We were just posting the photos to share the fact that our queen is naturally beautiful, at the same time she is just a regular woman.”
**Note: Attorneys asked us to remove the unretouched Beyonce photos.**
The leaked photos were reportedly outtakes from Beyonce’s 2013 L’Oreal makeup ad campaign. Beyonce’s fanatical followers claimed the outtakes had been edited to make the Grammy winner look like she had zits and bad skin.
“I seriously wanna bash the person that Photoshopped those pics f**king face in!” wrote one Twitter user. Another fan wrote, “The #Beyhive stands ready to drag anyone who talks sh*t about Beyoncé’s skin.”
After a torrent of vicious online abuse, the website that published the un-Photoshopped snapshots took them down after explaining that it merely wanted to show that even beautiful celebrities like Beyonce have flaws.
Photoshop Slammed for Promoting Anorexia, Low Self-Esteem
Over the years, some stars have spoken out against the aggressive use of Photoshop. In August 2014, Australian model Meaghan Kausman slammed swimwear brand Fella Swim for Photoshopping her ads to make her look skinnier, saying digital editing causes poor body image and fuels eating disorders.
Actress Rachael Leigh Cook (star of the 1999 film “She’s All That”) has also slammed Photoshop, saying it causes poor body image. Cook said gullible fans idealize airbrushed magazine images of actresses and models where they appear thinner, younger and more beautiful than they really are, causing readers to wonder why they don’t look so perfect by comparison.
The drama over Beyonce’s unretouched photos came shortly after unedited leaked photos of Cindy Crawford ignited a heated debate over the rampant use of Photoshop to make celebrities look thinner and younger. The unretouched photo from a 2013 Marie Claire magazine photo shoot showed Crawford’s natural body complete with wrinkles, blotchy skin and sags.
Many fans loved the untouched photo, saying it shows Crawford, 49, looking “real” and honest. In response to the Internet scuttlebutt, Crawford’s husband, Rande Gerber, posted a very flattering Instagram photo of Cindy lying poolside in a bikini.
Crawford, who’s writing a fitness book, said she wants to “come to terms” with her body by age 50, Celebrity Health reported. “Sometimes I feel pretty good and some days I’m like, ‘Oh my God, nothing fits,'” said Cindy. “By the time I am 50, I want to have come to terms with my body.”