Zendaya Called Out A Photoshopped Photo Of Her Body, And 14 Other Times Black Celebs Got Candid And Shared Unedited Photos Of Themselves Online

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From time to time, celebrities have taken to social media to share their real, unfiltered, and un-retouched photos — and some have even called out toxic standards that are often promoted in Hollywood and media. So, here are 15 times Black celebs showed off their unedited selves online:


When Keke Palmer shared more about her journey with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and acne:


When Zendaya shared this side-by-side photo of an edited version of her body compared to her actual body and spoke about “unrealistic ideals of beauty”:


When Allyson Felix shared the story behind her brand @bysaysh, while wearing her Olympic medals and showing off her C-section scar:


When Rihanna shared these photos with visible leg hair and stretch marks, and fans found it very refreshing:


When Gabrielle Union showed off her freckles in an unfiltered selfie on her Instagram story:

Screenshot of Gabrielle Union's Instagram story


When Aja Naomi King did an “after” photoshoot to celebrate her postpartum body with no filter, no makeup, and no editing, after giving birth to her son, Kian:


When Serena Williams did an unretouched photoshoot for Harper’s Bazaar:


When Garcelle Beauvais went makeup-free and filter-free for a “self-care day” post, and shared some reminders for Mental Health Awareness Month:


When Lupita Nyong’o called out a magazine for photoshopping her hair to fit Eurocentric standards — and then shared the actual photos of her hair:

The magazine later released a statement, claiming they did not ask the photographer to make any changes to her hair and apologized for “not upholding the highest of editorial standards in ensuring that [they] were aware of all alterations that had been made.”


When Simone Biles shared this makeup-free selfie before bed:


When Cardi B shared this selfie with a hilariously real caption: “Forehead foreheading, Mustache mustaching.”

Forehead foreheading ,Mustache mustaching

@iamcardib / Via Twitter: @iamcardib


When Tracee Ellis Ross shared these unfiltered, un-retouched poolside photos for her 47th birthday:


When Zoe Saldaña shared this casual, no-filter selfie:


When Alicia Keys famously gave up wearing makeup in 2016 — and after receiving criticism, she also reminded people that “choosing to be makeup free doesn’t mean [she’s] anti-makeup”:

Y’all, me choosing to be makeup free doesn’t mean I’m anti-makeup. Do you! 😘😘

@aliciakeys / Via Twitter: @aliciakeys


And finally, when Lizzo shared these stunning beach photos and gave herself the title of “roll model”:

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