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School girls no more! The women of Pretty Little Liars stripped down to their teeny-weeny bikinis this week for a spread in GQ magazine, which caused a bit of controversy. And no, its not cause they were barely wearing any clothes and trying to strip really attractive men of their towels. Wait, isn’t the point of a GQ spread actually to have people talking and cause controversy?!
The scandalous shoot came under fire for being heavily photoshopped. The liars were styled in retro hairdo’s, being playful and silly poolside, in heels, squirting water guns and  being surrounded by half-naked men. (So really any girls dream.)

There’s no denying the role that photoshop played in the shots. Technically, these girls don’t even need photoshop– their all so beautiful without it. But the stylization of the Ellen Von Unwerth shoot required it to look retro, glam, high-fashion and totally fake. So what’s the big deal?

But before I dive into the Photoshop controversy and the way it was handled, I do want to point out that there was also an article along with the sexy pics and that it was well worth the read. Going into their 5th season, the girls are already thinking about what they want to do once PLL is dunzo. Benson wants to star in a Woody Allen movie, while Mitchell wants to become the next Bond girl and do all her own stunts. Hale already has a second career as a country singer, with an album that just came out and is hoping that her dreams of going on tour will happen shortly. As for Bellisario, she wants to do some Shakespeare in the park, “maybe playing Lady MacBeth”. You see there’s much more to these girls than their smoothed out skin and perfect curled locks. Which is what Troian Bellisario wanted to prove when she took to Instagram to address the controversy.

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Photo Credit: Troian Bellisario

She posted behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot that showed what the girls really looked like that day, while writing this really long, but really brilliant post.

“So by now you have seen many a shot from #GQ and many people have said that we were photoshopped… OF COURSE WE WERE! that’s a very specific type of photo shoot. And looking very blown out and perfected was obviously what they were looking for. Great. Cool. As long as we acknowledge how it was achieved so we know it’s not real. Here’s some behind the scenes of my body the way it is and was on the day. I’m not mad at how these pictures turned out, the girls and I had an absolute blast. More fun than we’ve had on a photoshoot in a while, and I think you can see that in our eyes and smiles. But it’s the same everywhere. It’s the same way on the posters of our show and even in women’s magazines. This industry seems to invest more in perfection than in flaw. But flaw and individuality, to me, are what make a human being interesting, they make our stories worth telling. (Unfortunately the flaws don’t usually sell products or magazines.) I’m proud of my body and the way it looks because @themarkwildman kicks my butt in aerial. But my hips and thighs are a part of me (even though they magically weren’t in some shots!). I get those things from my momma. And I’m happy to shake what my momma gave me,” she wrote under the picture caption.

Good for you Troian. Of course we live in a world where we idolize being thin and without a flaw, but isn’t that what sells magazines? These girls aren’t denying that they were digitally enhanced. They don’t actually want you to believe that they look this good all the time. You’d be a fool to actually think that. (Have you not seen the episodes where Spencer isn’t sleeping? She DOES NOT look like that.) Truthfully, I think the point of this photo shoot was to look glam and have fun doing it, which is exactly what these ladies portrayed. Their fun, edgy and not afraid to do something that’s out of the box. Plus, show me a star who hasn’t been a victim of photoshop! At least this was done tastefully and no arms and legs were cut off to give a distorted image of what we think the ideal body should look like! Can I also add that the behind-the-scenes photos and the actual print photos look really similar? I mean, Troian really does have a nice body. Shay’s legs really are that long. That’s not an illusion. That’s not digitally enhanced!

She followed up the post (which was probably cut off for being a bit long) with this: “I mean. Photoshopped or not. I work with three of the most gorgeous women on the planet. (Goddesses without hair and make up as well).” And judging by the photos her castmates posted on their own Instagrams (both behind-the-scenes and in the mag), everyone was happy with the way the shoot turned out.” And really, isn’t that the point? 

Fans were surprised that they were totally fine with being portrayed so unrealistically. Ashley Benson has long voiced her opinion on photoshop (and how much she hates it). Similarly, Troian Bellisario recently admitted that she struggled with an eating disorder because of the pressure put on her to look thin and perfect. And this isn’t the first time these leading ladies have come under fire for being heavily photoshopped. Last year, even they voiced their displeasure with the Pretty Little Liars posters, which were covered in photoshop making the girls almost doll-like.

Saw this floating around … hope it’s not the post,” Benson wrote on Instagram. “Our faces in this were from 4 years ago . . . and we all look ridiculous. Way too much Photoshop. We all have flaws. No one looks like this. It’s not attractive.”

Benson also told her young fans to not let their self-esteem be affected by images they see in the media.

“Remember, you are ALL beautiful,” she wrote on Instagram. “Please don’t ever try and look like the people you see in magazines or posters because it’s fake.”

“It only causes an unhealthy mind about how you see yourself,” she added. “You are perfect the way you are.”

Check out the pictures from the June GQ shoot and let us know what you think? Did you like the photos? Did you hate the photoshop?

Featured Image: GQ/ Photo- Ellen von Unwerth


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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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2020 Emmy Winners: Check Out the Full List

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Emmy 2020 Winners

The 2020 (virtual) Emmys are underway!

We’ll be updating the full list of winners throughout the night. Check it out: 

Outstanding Drama Series

Better Call Saul (AMC)
The Crown (Netflix)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Killing Eve (BBC America)
The Mandalorian (Disney+)
Ozark  (Netflix)
Stranger Things (Netflix)
Succession (HBO) 

 

Outstanding Comedy Series

Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Dead to Me (Netflix)
The Good Place (NBC)
Insecure (HBO)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
The Kominsky Method  (Netflix)
Schitt’s Creek (Pop TV) 
What We Do in the Shadows (FX)

 

Outstanding Limited Series

Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)
Mrs. America (Hulu)
Unbelievable (Netflix)
Unorthodox (Netflix)
Watchmen (HBO)

 

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (TBS)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
Late Night With Stephen Colbert (CBS) 

 

Outstanding Competition Program

The Masked Singer (Fox)
Nailed It! (Netflix)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
Top Chef (Bravo)
The Voice (NBC)

 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish (ABC)
Don Cheadle, Black Monday (Showtime)
Ted Danson, The Good Place (NBC) 
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek (Pop TV) – Winner!
Ramy Youssef, Ramy (Hulu)

 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy

Christina Applegate, Dead to Me (Netflix)
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
Linda Cardellini, Dead to Me (Netflix)
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek (Pop TV) – Winner!
Issa Rae, Insecure (HBO)
Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish (ABC)

 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama

Jason Bateman, Ozark (Netflix)
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us (NBC) 
Steve Carell, The Morning Show (Apple TV+)
Brian Cox, Succession (HBO)
Billy Porter, Pose (FX)
Jeremy Strong, Succession (HBO)

 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama

Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show (Apple TV+)
Olivia Colman, The Crown (Netflix)
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve (BBC America)
Laura Linney, Ozark (Netflix) 
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve (BBC America)
Zendaya, Euphoria (HBO)

 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Jeremy Irons, Watchmen (HBO)
Hugh Jackman, Bad Education (HBO)
Paul Mescal, Normal People (Hulu)
Jeremy Pope, Hollywood (Netflix)
Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True (HBO)

 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America (Hulu)
Kaitlyn Dever, Unbelievable (Netflix)
Shira Haas, Unorthodox (Netflix)
Regina King, Watchmen (HBO)
Octavia Spencer, Self Made
Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere (Hulu)

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Mahershala Ali, Ramy (Hulu)
Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Hulu)
Sterling K. Brown, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
William Jackson Harper, The Good Place (NBC)
Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek (Pop TV)
Tony Shalhoub, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
Kenan Thompson, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
D’Arcy Cardin, The Good Place (NBC)
Betty Gilpin, GLOW (Netflix)
Marin Hinkle, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek (Pop TV)
Cecily Strong, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama

Nicholas Braun, Succession (HBO)
Billy Crudup, The Morning Show (Apple TV+)
Kieran Culkin, Succession (HBO)
Mark Duplass, The Morning Show (Apple TV+)
Giancarlo Esposito, Better Call Saul (AMC)
Matthew Macfadyen, Succession (HBO)
Bradley Whitford, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Jeffrey Wright, Westworld (HBO)

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama

Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown (Netflix)
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies (HBO)
Julia Garner, Ozark (Netflix) 
Thandie Newton, Westworld (HBO)
Fiona Shaw, Killing Eve (BBC America)
Sarah Snook, Succession (HBO)
Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies (HBO)
Samira Wiley, The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Watchmen (HBO) 
Jovan Adepo, Watchmen (HBO)
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend (Netflix)
Louis Gossett Jr., Watchmen (HBO)
Dylan McDermott, Hollywood (Netflix)
Jim Parsons, Hollywood (Netflix)

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Uzo Aduba, Mrs. America (Hulu) 
Toni Collette, Unbelievable (Netflix)
Margo Martindale, Mrs. America (Hulu)
Jean Smart, Watchmen (HBO)
Holland Taylor, Hollywood (Netflix)
Tracey Ullman, Mrs. America (Hulu)

 

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

The Great, “The Great” (Pilot), Matt Shakman
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “Marvelous Radio,” Daniel Palladino
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, “It’s Comedy or Cabbage,” Amy Sherman-Palladino 
Modern Family, “Finale Part II,” Gail Mancuso
Ramy, “Miakhalifa.mov,” Ramy Youssef
Schitt’s Creek, “Happy Ending,” Andrew Cividino and Daniel Levy
Will & Grace, “We Love Lucy,” James Burrows

 

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

The Crown, “Aberfan,” Benjamin Caron
The Crown, “Cri de Coeur,” Jessica Hobbs
Homeland, “Prisoners of War,” Leslie Linka Glatter
The Morning Show, “The Interview,” Mimi Leder
Ozark, “Fire Pink,” Alik Sakharov 
Ozark, “Su Casa Es Mi Casa,” Ben Semanoff
Succession, “Hunting,” Andrij Parekh
Succession, “This Is Not for Tears,” Mark Mylod

 

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special

Little Fires Everywhere, “Find a Way,” Lynn Shelton
Normal People, Episode 5, Lenny Abrahamson
Unorthodox, “Prisoners of War,” Maria Schrader
Watchmen, “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice,” Nicole Kassell
Watchmen, “Little Fear of Lightning,” Steph Green
Watchmen, “This Extraordinary Being,” Stephen Williams 

 

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

The Good Place, “Whenever You’re Ready,” Michael Schur 
The Great, “The Great” (Pilot), Tony McNamara
Schitt’s Creek, “Happy Ending,” Daniel Levy
Schitt’s Creek, “The Presidential Suite,” David West Read
What We Do in the Shadows, “Collaboration,” Sam Johnson and Chris Marcil
What We Do in the Shadows, “Ghosts,” Paul Simms
What We Do in the Shadows, “On the Run,” Stefani Robinson

 

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Better Call Saul, “Bad Choice Road,” Thomas Schnauz
Better Call Saul, “Bagman,” Gordon Smith
The Crown, “Aberfan,” Peter Morgan
The Crown, “Cri de Coeur,” Jessica Hobbs
Ozark, “All In,” Chris Mundy
Ozark, “Boss Fight,” John Shiban
Ozark, “Fire Pink,” Miki Johnson
Succession, “This Is Not for Tears,” Jesse Armstrong 

 

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special

Mrs. America, “Shirley,” Tanya Barfield
Normal People, Episode 3, Sally Rooney and Alice Birch
Unbelievable, Episode 1, Susannah Grant, Michael Chabon, and Ayelet Waldman
Unorthodox, “Part 1,” Anna Winger
Watchmen, “This Extraordinary Being,” Damon Lindelof and Cord 


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Best & Funniest Tweets from the Season 29 Premiere of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

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Dancing with the Stars Season 29 premiere best tweets

Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) season 29 premiered tonight (September 14) with a pretty impressive lineup. 

AJ McLean from Backstreet Boys, actress and real estate agent Chrishell Stause, and rapper Nelly all took the stage to show off their moves. 

But all eyes were on Tiger King’s Carole Baskin! There’s no denying everyone was watching to see her debut! 

I’d like to say that’s the craziest thing to happen in 2020, but unfortunately, the show is airing without an audience and with plenty of safety precautions including the judges sitting six-feet apart. 

Oh, and Tyra Banks replaced Tom Bergeron, which didn’t sit well with many on Twitter. 

Here are the best tweets from the premiere:

 

 

https://twitter.com/chelleymack_8/status/1305679524504522756?s=20

https://twitter.com/JanelleKendraa/status/1305686656738103297?s=20

https://twitter.com/sharnaswink/status/1305687220653883392?s=20


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ABC Sets Fall Premiere Dates for ‘The Conners,’ ‘black-ish,’ ‘Goldbergs’ and More

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The Conners, black-ish, and more fall 2020 premiere dates announced on ABC

You’re favorites are returning to Wednesday night!

ABC is adding some scripted comedy shows to its coronavirus-proof fall schedule. And let’s be honest, we could all use a laugh (or three) this year. 

Wednesday nights will see the return of fan-favorites The Goldbergs, American Housewife, The Conners, and black-ish

All sitcoms will return in October. 

The Goldbergs will be back first on October 21 with an hourlong premiere featuring two back-to-back episodes followed by The Conners and black-ish

American Housewife will return the following week, Wednesday, October 28.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 21
8 pm The Goldbergs Season 8 premiere 
8:30 pm The Goldbergs Episode 2
9 pm The Conners Season 3 premiere 
9:30 pm black-ish Season 7 premiere

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28
8 pm The Goldbergs Episode 3
8:30 pm American Housewife Season 5 premiere

 


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