“Call Her Daddy” host Alex Cooper opened up about a photo editing controversy on the podcast.
In the episode, she spoke of being “exposed” on TikTok for editing a birthday photo.
The host said she was no longer going to edit the photos she posted on Instagram.
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Alexandra “Alex” Cooper said she would never edit another Instagram photo after a viral TikTok “exposed” her for editing a photo from her birthday party.
On Wednesday’s episode of her Spotify-exclusive podcast “Call Her Daddy,” titled “I Got Caught Photoshopping,” Cooper said that she edited the photo using the Facetune app because she was felt “uncomfortable” with the appearance of his body. The host added that she had “absolutely” edited photos of herself in the past.
The controversy arose after a viral TikTok compared two versions of the same photo that Cooper and a friend both posted on Instagram. Cooper said that while posting the edited version of the photo, her friend Lauren posted an unedited version of it in a “photo dump” with photos from their trip to Las Vegas for Cooper’s birthday.
According to Cooper, the next morning she woke up to a vulgar Instagram message telling her to kill herself, along with a link to a TikTok that she said compared the photos side by side. It wasn’t immediately clear who TikTok Cooper was referring to.
A video comparing Cooper’s two birthday photos, uploaded on August 27 by TikTok user @jillyyyygirllll, has garnered over 184,000 likes.
“Literally the reason there are unrealistic body standards,” the video caption reads.
Some comments on the video were critical of Cooper, with some speaking about their own body image and saying beauty standards on social media had deterred them from posting photos of themselves. But others have defended Cooper and said the responsibility for unrealistic body standards lies with systems that force women to feel pressured to edit their photos.
Cooper said she did not watch the video and react to his negative comments. She also hasn’t opened TikTok since the incident, she said.
In the episode, Cooper said she was out for dinner with family and friends in Vegas when she and Lauren took a picture together before heading to a club. But she wasn’t satisfied when she looked at the photos, Cooper said.
“I remember looking at myself in these photos – I was wearing this beige dress – and I felt uncomfortable with my body. I didn’t like the look of my body,” she said. on Wednesday’s podcast. “All night long I felt so good, confident and happy, then I saw these photos and I was overwhelmed.” She edited the image on Facetune before uploading it to the car on the way to the club, she said.
She also said she “was never going to edit a photo” for Instagram “again, hoping more would follow.
“People can be like, ‘oh my god, you admit it just because you got caught,’” Cooper said on the podcast. “Yes, but also no, but yes. I think in a way it’s almost like an intervention.”
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