Meghan Trainor has pulled her latest music video from all sites after it was revealed that her waist size had been digitally edited.
In the video for ‘Me Too’, the Grammy Award winner’s waist is markedly slimmer.
After the alteration was revealed, Trainor said on Snapchat:
“They photoshopped the crap out of me and I’m so sick of it and I’m over it, so I took it down until they fix it. My waist is not that teeny.”
Take a look at a side-by-side comparison of the two videos below. The altered video is on the left, the original is on the right:
The original unedited version of the video is now online. Trainor has said that she takes responsibility for the Photoshopped video being approved and released:
“We didn’t have a lot of time for this video and we had to wrap it around pretty quick. They had like a day to get beauty and colour done. I take full blame for not seeing it.”
Meghan Trainor’s support for positive body image
Despite this latest video, Trainor has previously been seen to promote positive body image in a time when young girls and women feel the need to conform to a certain standard.
In a previous song, ‘All About That Bass’, the lyrics clearly point out her views on body shaming as she sings about how she’s clearly not a size two, but that doesn’t matter. In an ironic twist, another lyric is:
“I see the magazines working that Photoshop, we know that s**t ain’t real, come on now, make it stop”.
It’s no wonder that the discovery of the altered waist led to much anger.
This controversy only serves to highlight how much importance the industry still lends to looks. Even though Trainor is a successful, award-winning artist, her body needed to be edited to fit the industry’s standards.
But Trainor’s fans still seem to back the singer, accepting that the editing wasn’t her fault.
Think it's pretty awesome @Meghan_Trainor yanked her new video down bc they photoshopped her waist! Good for her. Healthy body image, baby!
— Adriele (@StyleAssisted) May 9, 2016
— Anna (@tresbanging) May 9, 2016
Just became a @Meghan_Trainor fan. I loved the song / video and now I love you for not letting anyone edit your waist… respect
— Neel Nanda (@NeelNanda) May 9, 2016
Hopefully, Trainor’s stand against the industry will inspire others to do the same.
Main image via Getty