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Lady Gaga causes controversy with Photoshop requests

  • Published on April 16, 2014
Lady Gaga causes controversy with Photoshop requests

Pop star Lady Gaga may promote individuality and comfort with one's own body type in her music, but recent media reports indicate that she prefers to have a little Photoshop work done on her images before they are published.

Page Six recently called Gaga out for her hypocrisy, reporting that while she totes a public image that encourages the acceptance of one's flaws, in reality, the star asks that magazines and paparazzi alter all images of her in the media with Photoshop. According to the source, her requests have included thinning out her legs and arms, creating a more subtle jaw line and smoothing her skin. While the tools found in the application are ideal for altering such images, this new announcement has sparked outrage among her fans.

"It's rather hypocritical to champion body positivity, as Gaga does, and then present altered and slimmed images of oneself as reality," Callie Beusman wrote for Jezebel.

Gaga is not, however, the first celebrity to make such requests of the paparazzi. Beyoncé made headlines last year when, after a string of unflattering images of the star's performance at the Super Bowl appeared on Buzzfeed, she banned all but one professional photographer from her latest tour. She then requested that all agencies remove the negative images from their sites. This sparked the opposite reaction Beyoncé hoped to receive, as more people began to spread the banned pictures on a number of social media forums. 

While Photoshop is more often used to lightly clean up blemishes, spots, and loose hairs, the backlash against over-editing of images is continuing. American Graphics Institute can teach you how to discretely improve the quality of your images through regularly scheduled and private Photoshop courses, allowing you to master digital imaging tools. 

About the author

 is a user experience designer, educator and author based in Boston. She has worked in the field of user experience design for more than 15 years.She has designed websites, ecommerce sites, apps, and embedded systems. Jennifer designs solutions for mobile, desktop, and iOT devices.

Jennifer delivers UX training and UX consulting for large Fortune 100 companies, small start-ups, and independent software vendors.She has served as a Designer in Residence at Microsoft, assisting third-party app developers to improve their design solutions and create successful user experiences. She has been hired by Adobe and Microsoft to deliver training workshops to their staff, and has traveled to Asia, Europe, India, the Middle East, and across the U.S. to deliver courses and assist on UX design projects. She has extensive knowledge of modern UX Design, and worked closely with major tech companies to create educational material and deliver UX workshops to key partners globally. Jennifer works with a wide range of prototyping tools including XD, Sketch, Balsamiq, Fireworks, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Blend for Visual Studio. She also works extensively in the fields of presentation design and visual design.

Jennifer is also the author of more than 20 books on design tools and processes, including Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies, Adobe Creative Cloud Digital Classroom, and Photoshop Digital Classroom. She has been awarded a Microsoft MVP three times for her work with user experience design in creating apps for touch, desktop, and mobile devices. Jennifer holds the CPUX-F certification from the User Experience Qualification Board and assists others in attaining this designation in leading a UX certification course at American Graphics Institute. She is a candidate for a Master’s degree in Human Factors in Information Design.