Body Confident TikToker's Post Showing Even Videos Can Be Photoshopped Viewed 9 Million Times

Victoria Garrick posted a TikTok Tuesday showing viewers how easy it is for people to alter their bodies in videos. So far, the post has over 9 million views.

Garrick, a former D1 volleyball player, is now a podcast host and mental health advocate who uses her social media platforms to discuss mental health and body image.

"When I first got on social media, I definitely felt more insecure and that stemmed from seeing those perfect images and that highlight reel online," she told Newsweek. "I ended up going through my own eating disorder and my own mental health struggles with body image and everything else that was going on."

Because she understands first-hand just how damaging social media can be, she vowed to never use a filter that would manipulate or warp her face or body. Unless, of course, she's using those filters to educate her viewers, which was the case in her now-viral TikTok.

The TikTok, captioned "wait for it," shows Garrick posing for the camera in her bathing suit. Halfway through the video, however, she reveals that the video up until that point had been retouched. When she removes the edits, she dances to show off just how different her body looks in the second half of the video in comparison to the first half.

"WAIT," commented blogger Molly J. Curley. "You can photoshop videos?"

"YES. IT'S ABSURD," Garrick replied.

Many commenters, like Curley, were in disbelief that videos can be altered.

"Wait, I'm confused," said another commenter. "This isn't really photoshop, right? It's just before and after eating."

"It's photoshop," Garrick confirmed. "[In] the first part, my face and waist are edited. I can NOT suck in that far."

Garrick told Newsweek that she was both shocked and sad to see that so many people weren't aware that editing a video like that was possible.

"It's sad to think that people didn't know because it makes me think of all the time they've spent consuming content that was manipulated or photoshopped and then compared themselves to that," she said.

In response, Garrick posted a follow-up video, providing a firsthand look at how the editing software works.

"If I stand to the side and hold my arms up so that they don't get in the way, I can use this little tool and I can make my stomach and my butt and just my body look different," she says to the camera. She demonstrates this by pinching her waistline in and shaping her butt.

She further explains in the video that "some accounts" believe celebrities are using the same app to edit their bodies on social media. She cuts to specific Instagram stories of Khloe Kardashian and Kendall Jenner that show a "spasm" in their torsos. She says that these spasms look similar to how the body looks when it moves around within the editing app.

Garrick doesn't comment on the authenticity of the Keeping Up With the Kardashians stars' videos but instead uses them as examples to drive home her point: it's sometimes impossible to know what's real and what's fake.

"Everyone has the right to do what they want," Garrick told Newsweek. "Celebrities have the right to get plastic surgery and to use filters, I just hope that they can admit that as opposed to telling young girls that [their image] can be achieved simply by working out and eating kale."

Anticipating that many would want to know the name of the app, Garrick tells viewers that she will not be sharing that information because the app's designers "don't deserve the clout and profit and you look beautiful the way you are."

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This is why it’s so important we don’t compare ourselves to others online... ya never know what’s real/fake. (Follow for more content like this! 💞)

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"It makes me happy to know not everything is real," commented one TikToker. "I don't have to compare my body to anyone."

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