Monday 20 August 2018

'Touched-up pics can damage mental health' says Thalia

HOW SHE LOOKS: Thalia Heffernan and her boyfriend Ryan McShane. Photo: David Conachy
HOW SHE LOOKS: Thalia Heffernan and her boyfriend Ryan McShane. Photo: David Conachy
Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

Ireland's top model Thalia Heffernan has voiced concerns that models and bloggers who use phone apps to falsely accentuate eyes, whiten teeth, remove blemishes - and even change the shape their face - are damaging their own and others' self-esteem.

Ms Heffernan has said it is a "breath of fresh air" that we are now highlighting the fact that Irish social media influencers are manipulating photos and causing high levels of anxiety and depression among impressionable young followers.

Anonymous social media sites have been set up to call out influencers accused of promoting unattainable perfection among people who are unaware the technology is being used.

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