Ashton Irwin and The Use of Photoshop

A few weeks ago, 5 Seconds of Summer’s cover for Rolling Stone magazine was released. It shows Michael, Luke, Calum, and Ashton standing naked, their lyrics sprawled across their skin.

When it was first seen, everyone was appreciative of the photo. Naked 5 Seconds of Summer? Who doesn’t want that?

That conversation brought up something important – the sexism in the industry. Because Ashton, Calum, Michael, and Luke are able to stand naked without a problem, while women are constantly harassed for what they wear.

Now, another debate has been pulled from this magazine cover; Photoshop. Ashton Irwin, the eldest member, sent out a quick tweet a few days ago.

According to Ashton, his thigh was shrunk down for their cover. While it may not seem like a big deal, and Ashton may not be incredibly angered by it, it does bring up an important topic – the use of Photoshop.

Photoshop has been used in the media for years, working as a tool to edit photos. While it can be used in a good way, for magazines and other media outlets, it’s rarely used that way. Instead, the editor changes the person on the photo into someone they’re not. Waists get smaller, abs get more defined, and boobs go up several sizes.

A few celebrities have talked about their dislike of the application.

In the beginning of One Direction’s days, Liam Payne commented that during the editing of one of their photoshoots, his birthmark on his neck was taken out. In the video, he stated “that’s not even me, that’s an impostor”.

A while back ago, Ashley Benson posted a promo picture for her show Pretty Little Liars. She gave the following caption underneath it.

Saw this floating around….hope it’s not the poster. Our faces in this were from 4 years ago…..and we all look ridiculous. Way too much photo shop. We all have flaws. No one looks like this. It’s not attractive ??

This leaves the question… Is Photoshop really acceptable? If it is, when does it get to be too much?

What’s your opinion on the use of Photoshop? Do you think it should be allowed, or do you think it should be discontinued? Tell us in the comments, or tell us on Twitter @CelebMix.

To read more about 5 Seconds of Summer bringing in the debate on sexism in the industry, read “5 Seconds of Summer, Fifth Harmony, and Sexism in the Industry“.

Written by Jessica Brown

A college graduate who enjoys watching Supernatural, attending conventions and concerts, taking photos, and writing to the masses. Email me at