MANILA — With a career spanning nearly two decades, Iza Calzado has come to accept the use of Photoshop, or editing photos, as part of presenting an ideal image in showbiz.
Calzado, however, believes there should still be boundaries so as not to set unrealistic expectations of beauty from public figures.
The topic came up in her interview on “Tonight with Boy Abunda” that aired Thursday, in light of a recent Metro magazine cover where her fingers appeared distorted, indicating some editing was done.
The lifestyle magazine has apologized to Calzado for the oversight.
Calzado earlier requesting creative teams behind her photo shoots not to go overboard when it comes to retouching the final image.
“Please don’t erase my stretch marks, please don’t make my arms too thin,” she recalled telling to other publications.
Calzado, who has been vocal about body positivity after her own past struggle with obesity, went on: “Dati ako, ‘Tanggalin ‘yan, tanggalin ang mga sumpa!’ But you know what, when you say it like that, it’s a very negative thing to say about your body. Your body hears you.”
“Now, there are stretch marks. Factual. I don’t call it in a negative light. I also try not to glorify it naman. You don’t have to. You just have to be neutral about it. It exists. It is neither good nor bad,” she said.