British celebrity chef Nigella Lawson recently took to Twitter to speak out about airbrushing, revealing that she’s had to tell U.S. television stations to stop photoshopping her “sticking-out stomach.”
The chef — who hosted several shows including “Nigella Kitchen” on the Food Network and “The Taste” on ABC — wrote in a tweet Friday that it was harmful to have a negative view of fat.
“I’ve had to tell American TV stations not to airbrush my sticking out stomach. The hatred of fat, and assumption that we’d all be grateful to be airbrushed thinner is pernicious,” Lawson tweeted in response to “The Good Place” actress Jameela Jamil’s comments on photoshopping.
Jamil took to Twitter to hit back at Irish columnist Nadine O’Regan, who criticized the actress and claimed she was “beseeching us to look uglier for the benefit of society.”
“She thinks you’re ‘UGLY’ just as you are. She also doesn’t understand that a huge part of why I hate photoshop is how it’s used as a tool of erasure of ethnicities, our skin color, our features. This is embarrassing [sic] white privilege and deep misogyny. Slow clap @NadineORegan,” the actress wrote in response to the column.
Lawson previously spoke out about television executives trying to photoshop her stomach in billboards. The celebrity chef told food blog “The Splendid Table” in 2013 that she didn’t want to get rid of how her stomach looked in photographs because she “didn’t want to become what [she’s] not.”
“I could see them wincing when they saw my tummy bulging out of my dress. And when I say bulging, I don’t mean huge. I just mean you could see the roundness. It was a tummy,” she said, according to the Telegraph. “I really didn’t want to become what I’m not. I’m all for taking exercise so that I can eat as much as I can without getting too huge but, nevertheless, I didn’t want to be turned into a plastic creation.”
“I wouldn’t want to have to pretend to be something I’m not just for my own anxiety levels,” she added.