Pretty Little Liars stars Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, Shay Mitchell and Troian Bellisario all stripped down to their bikini bodies for a pool party-themed spread. Decked out in skimpy swimsuits and sky-high heels (because that’s totally the proper footwear when entering a community pool), the girls splashed about as the posed for the camera.
Despite what looked to be a super-fun shoot, not everyone was impressed with its results.
After fashion website The Gloss slammed GQ for overly Photoshopping the girls, Bellisario took to her personal Instagram to defend their shoot. She wrote:
So by now you have seen many a shot from #GQ and many people have said that we were photoshopped… OF COURSE WE WERE! that’s a very specific type of photo shoot. And looking very blown out and perfected was obviously what they were looking for. Great. Cool. As long as we acknowledge how it was achieved so we know it’s not real. Here’s some behind the scenes of my body the way it is and was on the day. I’m not mad at how these pictures turned out, the girls and I had an absolute blast. More fun than we’ve had on a photoshoot in a while, and I think you can see that in our eyes and smiles. But it’s the same everywhere. It’s the same way on the posters of our show and even in women’s magazines. This industry seems to invest more in perfection than in flaw. But flaw and individuality, to me, are what make a human being interesting, they make our stories worth telling. (Unfortunately the flaws don’t usually sell products or magazines) I’m proud of my body and the way it looks because @themarkwildmankicks my butt in aerial. But my hips and thighs are a part of me (even though they magically weren’t in some shots!) I get those things from my momma. And I’m happy To shake what my momma gave me.
“I mean. Photoshopped or not. I work with three of the most gorgeous women on the planet. (Goddesses without hair and make up as well) @shaym @itsashbenzo @lucyhale #gq,” she added.
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