‘If all things were equal, then we wouldn’t need Photoshop’: Iza Calzado talks about being retouched for cover shoot (VIDEO)

Screencap from Tonight Show with Boy Abunda (TWBA) <I>Photo: TWBA / YouTube </I>
Screencap from Tonight Show with Boy Abunda (TWBA) Photo: TWBA / YouTube

If life were fair and things were rosy all around, then women wouldn’t be digitally altered for high-profile photo shoots, but unfortunately that’s the way of the world, TV actress Iza Calzado said in a talk show interview after featuring in a recent bizarre Photoshop fail.

The interview on Tonight with Boy Abunda (TWBA), which aired Thursday night, addressed the kerfuffle over Calzado’s recent appearance on the cover of Metro Magazine. Calzado was among 30 women assembled to celebrate the lifestyle magazine’s 30th anniversary, but fans managed to look past fellow glammed-up celebs like Anne Curtis and Heart Evangelista to notice that there was something not quite right about Calzado’s hand.

Indeed, in an apparent lapse in post-production oversight, the actress (in the upper left) appears to have been given an extra, extra-skinny finger.

“My finger was edited to look like there’s a shadow, or it’s missing a finger, and people were very concerned and affected,” Calzado told Abunda.

Naturally, fans expressed that concern on Calzado’s social media account.

“Hi Ms Izza! What happened to your hand?” one follower asked on Instagram.

“You are way more beautiful without photoshop,” said another. “Your arms and fingers please #photoshopfail.”

Photo: Iza Calzado / IG

Calzado shared with Abunda that the magazine had already apologized, even though she said there was no need for it.

“If everything were fair, then we wouldn’t need Photoshop, but the truth is it is a tool that is used widely in media and I accept that,” she said in English and Filipino, while nonetheless adding that photo editing needs “boundaries.”

“I always tell them, please don’t erase my stretch marks. Please don’t make my arms too thin,” she said.

Calzado’s late father was a film director. She’s been in the public eye since she began acting at age 8, and has bagged her share of awards locally, and in film festivals abroad over the years.

She said she’s grown to accept physical changes in her body. “There are stretch marks, [and that’s] factual. I don’t want to put it [stretch marks] in a negative light; but I also don’t want to glorify it, like, here’s my stretch marks! You don’t have to. You just have to be neutral about it. It exists, it is neither good or bad.”

In a statement sent to TWBAthe magazine said, “Metro has already apologized and reached out to Iza for the oversight. We would like to thank her again for being part of this special execution for Metro 30th’s campaign celebrating the milestones and successes of our beautiful, stylish, and independent cover girls.”

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