Ashley Benson spurred a debate on Instagram when she posted a photo of herself appearing to mock “all the LA girls” who undergo beauty procedures to keep up with societal pressures.
The secret is out that Ashley Benson prefers when women go with a more natural visage.
The 31-year-old Pretty Little Liars alum took to Instagram on Saturday, March 27 to share a selfie in which her cheeks look inflated and her lips appear dramatically swollen. The photo was apparently offering commentary on the beauty pressures faced by women in general and particularly those in the limelight.
“Why does everybody look the same nowadays?” Ashley captioned it. “Let’s be unique And true to ourselves.” She continued, “This is me using a filter looking like a blowfish tryna fit in w all the LA girls now.”
The eye-catching post spurred plenty of discussion in the comments, including responses from fellow celebs. “GAHAHAHAHA STOP,” Demi Lovato replied.
Rachel Brosnahan wrote, “Looking [fire emoji] girl. So real. So you.” Meanwhile, Samantha Ronson shared, “You’re ready for real housewives.” However, some users didn’t appreciate that Ashley was appearing to make fun of other women.
One user wrote, “Girl no offense but you’re beautiful naturally and I think people try to emulate looking like you. While being individual is wonderful, why shame someone for finding ways to feel confident in themselves, regardless of what changes they want to make to themselves through plastic surgery.”
A different follower commented, “maybe stop tearing down other women for [choosing] to get something done???? Why are you promoting hatred against other girls.”
A third individual posted, “this post is… not it lol. like love you, but just because a few people choose to look a certain way that happens to be similar doesn’t mean they aren’t unique.”