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Ashley Benson: ‘Pretty Little Liars posters were so photoshopped’

Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson barely recognised herself in posters promoting the show’s seven-year run because the cast’s images were heavily photoshopped.
The Pixels star admits she was aware of the problem from the programme’s first season in 2010.
“It was completely crazy,” she fumed to Stylecaster. “Nobody looked like themselves.”
And it’s not a problem confined to this one production either. Ashley explains that magazine covers are also routinely photoshopped to “make your boobs bigger or your waist four sizes smaller”.
The digital nips and tucks are often so pronounced that she recalls looking at images and thinking, “Wow. That’s a completely different person.”
It’s not the first time Ashley, 27, has spoken out about the fake factor in entertainment advertising. Back in 2013, during Pretty Little Liars’ fourth season, she shared a promotional snap on Instagram, writing beside it: “Saw this floating around….hope it’s not the poster.”
She noted then that the “ridiculous” photos of the cast were four years old with “way too much photoshop”.
She added, “We all have flaws. No one looks like this. It’s not attractive.”
At the time, Ashley’s co-star Troian Bellisario expressed the same concerns: “Aren’t we attractive enough women as we are?” she raged. “Why can’t we just look like us? Once.”
Ashley’s outrage, though, is mostly on behalf of the target audience for the phony advertising, many of whom are young women feeling pressure to look as good as their favourite celebrities. The weight factor is the one that bothers her most, particularly as she’s a slim U.S. size 2 (U.K. size 6), yet was once told she was “too fat” to play a part.
For now, she has her own solution – steering clear of social media wherever possible to avoid “living in this fake life”.
“I’d rather just not look and enjoy my time,” she concluded.

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