Emilia Clarke, best known for her starting role as Daenerys Targaryen on the hit HBO show, Game of Thrones, has said she thinks Facetune and other similar selfie-editing apps should be illegal. In a recent interview, she added herself to the rising number of celebrities speaking out about such apps.
In an interview with U.K. Vogue, Emilia Clarke spoke out about the damage caused by unrealistic beauty standard. She underscored the way in which social media only worsens this trend.
Emilia Clarke Struggles with People Editing their Pictures
Clarke spoke in the interview about how girls and women of all ages feel pressured to try to achieve a perfect appearance.
“I struggle with the girl next door also editing their pictures,” said Clarke in the interview. She stated that she simply doesn’t feel that it’s right. Emilia Clarke also stated that these types of expression lack human interaction.
As a result, she feels that apps designed specifically to allow people to alter their selfies to clear up their skin, make them slimmer or make other similar types of changes should be banned. Emilia Clarke particularly objects to the fact that these apps are available to young people. “I do not agree with it, I do not like it, it doesn’t make me feel good.”
Never Retouching Her Own Social Media Pics
According to Emilia Clarke, she never retouches or airbrushes any of the pictures of herself that she shares on social media. At the same time, she acknowledges that filters can be fun. She confirms that she doesn’t use retouching and airbrushing on Instagram but enjoys filters. “Everybody’s got to filter!” she said, but at the same time, she won’t retouch the image even if she plans to use a filter for it.
A Growing Trend
A rising number of celebrities have started criticising issues similar to those discussed by Emilia Clarke. There are some who have spoken out about various weight loss diets and supplement sponsorships by Instagram influencers – such as Jameela Jamil’s recent criticisms.
In Clarke’s opinion, celebrities are in a position that makes it possible for them to fool the public into thinking their expensive choices are accessible and favorable to everyone. This, despite the fact that celebrities are assisted by professionals who are experts in training, nutrition, makeup, hairstyling, “even Spanks – all of it.”
Emilia Clarke suffered two brain aneurysms during the filming of Game of Thrones in 2011. This opened her eyes to what it was to live with a health issue and greatly changed her perspective on appearance and quality of life.