Cindy Crawford recently had unretouched photos from a magazine shoot go viral on the internet, and now it’s Beyonce’s turn. As previously reported by Inquisitr, one of Beyonce’s fan sites published photos of Beyonce unretouched in her most recent L’Oreal shoot, later removing them after fans were outraged. But the internet doesn’t forgive, and it certainly doesn’t forget as the photos have now gone viral. Fan and celebrities are now chiming in about Beyonce’s photos, the latest unauthorized release of unretouched images showing that even celebrities are human and have flaws without the help of Photoshop.
What’s strange in this case is that it was actually the fans who run the Beyonce World site, not haters, who leaked the unretouched photos of Beyonce. Confusing? Here’s what happened.
Although the photos have since been removed from Beyonce World, AOL published the photos and reports that 224 photos were originally posted of the L’Oreal 2013 Feria and Infallible photo campaigns. Beyonce World had the best of intentions, embracing Beyonce’s unretouched beauty, but the fallout was severe from fellow fans, resulting in the site removing the images and a statement by the site.
“Due to the disdain of the BeyHive, we have removed the photos. We don’t want to cause any drama, nor do we wish to start fan wars. Some of the things we have seen posted were just horrible, and we don’t want any parts of it. We were just posting the photos to share the fact that our queen is naturally beautiful, at the same time she is just a regular woman.”
Piers Morgan has tweeted he’s writing a column about the ruckus, and Wendy Williams asked her Twitter fans what they think of the photos. Novelist and Huffington Post writer Olivia A. Cole was #TeamBeyonce and called out the unrealistic standards.
“I understand why some folks are mad about the leaked photos of Beyoncé. But they comfort me. Even the Queen has flaws. People laughing saying Beyonce got ‘exposed.’ Exposed as what? A human being? Yawn. You’re petty, you’re small, you’re mean.”
The Atlantic is also weighing in with an article about “The Burden of ‘Flawless,'” declaring, “Beyonce is figuring out how to be human and famous at the same time.” The Telegraph simply asked, “Can we please stop shaming women?”
So what do you think of the Beyonce unretouched photo leaks and all the others circulating lately? Are we being too hard on celebrities and demanding impossible perfection?
[Photos by Larry Busacca/Getty Images, and courtesy of AOL and Beyonce World]