You have a big problem. You want to post a selfie to your social accounts so everyone can be jealous of you and your “fabulous” life, but you just don’t like the way you look! What are you supposed to do?
A.) Not take a selfie at all because they can get obnoxious anyway and everyone is too wrapped up in their own lives to care about what you’re doing and what you look like.
B.) Post the selfie anyway, even though you don’t love the way you look. Hashtag it as #WHATYOUSEEISWHATYOUGET and hope for praise from friends about how “real” you are.
C.) Consult a photo-editing app like a psychopath.
Enter SkinneePix, a new, unfortunately-named app that edits your photos to make you look five, 10, and 15 lbs. lighter. It’s as simple as that. You open the app, which flashes “Our Little Secret” across the screen, sounding like a creepy boss, then you upload a selfie, click the five, 10, or 15 lbs. button, and you’re on your way to looking skinnier — online, that is.
The concept of editing photos to make yourself look better is not new, of course. There are already apps on the market like Facetune that let you whiten teeth and edit out skin blemishes, both of which can — newsflash — be fixed by just applying a black and white filter. But SkinneePix ushers in something pretty unsettling (and something that sounds a lot like fat-shaming), where you can “instantly” make yourself look thinner, which should obviously be your end goal when posting a selfie. Because thin is the best.
What’s interesting is that SkinneePix was created by two not-skinny women, which makes it makes even sadder. Rather than empowering women to either get healthier or embrace who they are regardless of their size, they’ve created an app that shaves parts of their faces off all in an effort to look “better.”
Back in the 1800’s, when photography technology was first introduced, some old crazy people believed that taking your picture actually stole your soul. Maybe those old crazy people were on to something.