By Hannah Sparks and Suzy Weiss. July 16, pm Updated July 16, pm. With subtle body-shaping edits, personal trainer Sia Cooper enhanced breast size, cinched the waist and trimmed thighs and blurred away cellulite.
The perfect bikini body once required months of disciplined dieting and regimented workouts. Now all it takes to achieve one is a few seconds and a smartphone. An app called Facetune has made photo retouching a cinch for even the most novice of editors. With a simple tap, drag or pinch of the fingers, users can instantly score an hourglass figure — prompting droves of fame-hungry Instagram entrepreneurs to go under the digital knife. The Facetune app has been downloaded more than 50 million times since launching in , according to a rep from the company.
Its easy-to-use tools can whiten the teeth, reshape the body and smooth the skin. She figures that editing her photos saves time and money for her and the companies whose products she shills.
Part of the reason why photo editing has become so prevalent is because many Instagram users embrace the idea that social media is basically an alternate reality. Some argue that digital perfection is damaging to the body-positivity movement more recently embraced by the magazine and fashion industries. About 70 percent of Facetune users are women, its rep tells The Post.
Cooper says she once privately used the app to slim her hips and thighs — but after giving birth to her daughter three years ago, she began publicly copping to the practice to set a better example. Others have devoted their feeds to spreading the word that editing is rampant — and bad for your body image. New York-based model Lacey Nelson , who has more than 40, followers, says influencers who rely on apps like Facetune to maintain the appearance of a to-die-for physique are not playing fair.
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