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Mandy Moore shut down accusations that she Photoshopped her waist on Instagram

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(Video courtesy Wochit Entertainment) After Mandy Moore recently shared a photo on Instagram, some accused her of using Photoshop to appear thinner while others slammed her for being too thin.

The INSIDER Summary:

  • On Wednesday, actress Mandy Moore shared three photos of herself on Instagram.
  • Some people accused her of Photoshopping her waist to appear slimmer while others slammed her for being too thin.
  • Moore quickly shut down the body shamers with a simple statement, but whether or not she edited her photos is irrelevant.
  • Women shouldn't be shamed for how they present themselves on social media, given society's toxic beauty standards.
  • More importantly, speculating about changes in a woman's physical appearance is a harmful form of body-shaming in and of itself.

On Wednesday, actress Mandy Moore shared three photos on Instagram before she appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon."

In one of the pictures, the "This Is Us" star poses with her left hand on her hip in a one-shoulder, magenta dress. While most of her fans left supportive comments, a few people accused her of Photoshopping her waist to appear slimmer, Glamour reported.

"Why are the lines of the wood panels straight until her midsection? That's a very clear indicator of Photoshop," one person commented on Moore's post. Someone else added: "Look at the wood in the mirror. The lines don't match the wall."

Some claimed Moore was not as thin as she appeared in the photo: "No one's waist is that thin and arm that big," one person wrote. Others shamed Moore for being too thin: "Either this pic was photoshopped or she's not eating enough," someone commented. Another said: "You need to eat a biscuit. Or ten."

However, the actress' fans quickly came to her defense and called out trolls for leaving "nasty" comments. One person slammed the body shamers directly: "She's not too skinny lol society is so hard to please. 'Oh you're too fat.' 'No you're too skinny.' Back the f--- off."

Another pointed out how women — particularly those in the public eye — are often criticized online no matter what they do. "Sorry that women just can't win in the world of social media ... the haters are gonna hate no matter what," the user wrote.

These latter comments get to the crux of the issue. First, whether Moore edited her photo or not is irrelevant — women shouldn't be shamed for how they present themselves on social media, especially given society's toxic beauty standards.

Second, and more importantly, speculating about changes in a woman's physical appearance — Did she use Photoshop? Did she get plastic surgery? Is she pregnant? — is a form of body-shaming in and of itself. It reinforces the idea that a woman's body doesn't belong to herself, that it can and should be constantly scrutinized, no matter who she is or what she accomplishes.

Moore, thankfully, shut down the trolls with a simple statement. "I am 5'10 and a size 6," the actress wrote in the updated caption for her Instagram post. She continued: "I have NEVER photoshopped pictures. That's not what I'm about. If you're going to be rude about people's bodies, go elsewhere."

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Gallery: Fitness influencers who proudly bared their imperfections on social media (Courtesy People) Madalin Giorgetta: Giorgetta underwent a legitimate body transformation thanks to a new fitness plan and eating properly, but she's also very aware of how misleading before and after photos can be. The Australian fitness Instagrammer <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BQmCGE7g_8K/">posted a 30 second transformation photo</a> to show how much her pose can change her body. "I don't look like either in real life... in real life I'm not flexing like on the right and I'm not pushing my hips forwards like in the left. Real life isn't what you see on Instagram peeps," Giorgetta says.And when her post went viral, with some people accusing her of photoshop, Giorgetta posted a video to prove how much she can change her shape in a few seconds. "Like any chick I'm partial to good lighting and flattering angles but I would never ever use Photoshop to change the shape of my body," she says. "There's enough misleading images about the female body as it is and I never want to add to that." Anna Victoria and More Fitness Influencers Who Proudly Bared Their Imperfections on Social Media

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