Often when there's a Photoshop scandal, it involves someone altering photos to make women look thinner or unrealistically smooth and flawless. In the past year or two, there have been a number of publications that have come under fire for editing photos when the original, unretouched images leaked online, pulling back the curtain on the practice that everyone already knew about but rarely questioned. Most recently, unretouched photos of Beyoncé from a 2013 L'Oreal ad surfaced, and the Internet is still going nuts.
Meanwhile, Spanish artist David Lopera is running a successful business on the other end of the spectrum: he uses Photoshop to make celebrities like Rita Ora, Kim Kardashian, and Mila Kunis appear chubby, and people are paying him for it.
In an interview with Daily Mail, Lopera spoke about the hundreds of requests and commissions that he receives from fans of female singers, models, and actresses who want images of them as bigger women. "Men are always writing to me asking if I can make their celebrities crushes look a bit fatter," he said, adding that Emma Watson, Jennifer Lawrence, and Kim Kardashian are the most popular requests. "These women look much better when they're overweight...I prefer Elsa (from Disney's Frozen) when she's a fat princess - that's a real woman right there."
Lopera said that the series began when he Photoshopped a photo of Katy Perry for himself and posted it on Deviantart. "I love Katy Perry but she would look much more sexy with a few extra pounds...So for my own pleasure, I manipulated her first album cover to make her look a bit chubby." Each photo takes a few days to complete, but he has spent as much as a week making on one photo to make it perfect.
"I would love to dedicate my life to this," said the 20-year-old artist. "The big women are beautiful but there are many people today who don't agree with that. However when they see my gorgeous, fat celebrities, I think they might realize how wrong they are."