Modeliste magazine pulls latest issue after actress calls it out for slimming her down in Photoshop

by Gannon Burgett

posted Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 1:21 AM EST

Actress and singer Zendaya, born Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman, has made it clear that no one is getting away with Photoshopping her body to unrealistic proportions.

Modeliste magazine announced via Facebook that it is taking November’s issue off the shelf and working alongside Zendaya after the Disney actress called out the magazine for dramatically Photoshopping a photo of her taken during a cover shoot in Puerto Vallarta wherein her waist, arms and skin tone had been severely altered.

In the post calling out Modeliste, embedded below, Zendaya says, ‘these [Photoshopped photos] are the things that make women self-conscious, that create the unrealistic ideals of beauty that we have.’

Not only did Zendaya take it upon herself to call out Modeliste magazine, she also released the original, unedited photo from the shoot and placed it alongside the Photoshopped version to show just how dramatic the changes were.


Had a new shoot come out today and was shocked when I found my 19 year old hips and torso quite manipulated. These are…

Posted by Zendaya on Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Modeliste shared on Facebook a follow-up post saying its Editor-in-Chief, Amy McCabe, has made the ‘immediate decision to pull the issue and are working with Zendaya at her request to publish the complete un-edited and authentic images from our cover shoot’.

McCabe carried on in the post, ’we stand to represent and advocate a message of positive body image, self love, and embracing all aspects of individuality, natural beauty and the empowerment of women’.

In another post was shared by Modeliste on Instagram, embedded below, McCabe went on to clear the air by making it known the photographs ‘had been retouched to an extent that was not acceptable’ by ’an independent editing company’.


As Modeliste Magazine's Editor-in-Chief, I would like to send a message to all of @zendaya beautiful, shining and loyal fans: We hear you and thank you for your outpouring support of the issue and this talented and inspiring young woman that we are all blessed to have as a role model and who will continue to inspire us through her artistic talents, intellect, creativity and honesty. I am compelled to publicly address this situation which was brought to my attention yesterday, personally by Zendaya, prior to the issue's anticipated premiere. Upon review of the final edited images which had been submitted to us by an independent editing company, together as a collaborative between myself, Zendaya and her parents, we concluded that the images had been retouched to an extent that was not acceptable and not true to the values and ideals we represent and promote in our publication I, therefore, made the executive decision to immediately pull the issue in order to have this rectified and have the images restored to their original, natural state which will reflect the true beauty and radiance of Zendaya. We look forward to sharing these shortly upon the issue's re-release. As I believe this is an important dialogue, please view my complete official statement at: and link in bio. Thank you! We love you Zendaya! ❤️ #Zendaya #nofilter #unedited #modeliste

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As of Thursday night, no further comments had been made by either party, but it appears all is well between Modeliste and Zendaya.

Modeliste magazine pulls latest issue after actress calls them out for slimming her down in Photoshop