Photoshopped images of Indian cricketer Smriti Mandhana have caused outrage on the internet and launched a debate about beauty standards in India. Mandhana, who was named the ‘Best Women’s International Cricketer’ by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) last year, is part of India’s national women’s cricket team. The star batswoman recently left Virat Kohli behind to become the second fastest Indian to score 2,000 runs in one-day internationals, adding yet another feather to her cap.
A google search of Mandhana reveals an image of the cricketer that has been edited with make-up. Her skin tone has been lightened and the editor also added lip colour and kajal to the face in the photo. The image was from a press conference. The edited photo was pointed out by Twitter user Chethana who took to the micro-blogging site to protest against it.
After she shared the photos, several citizens commented that Mandhana did not need Photoshop to look nice and said she was beautiful as she was. However, Chethana countered the argument claiming that such comments reinforced beauty standards.
People saying- “oh she is still beautiful”, that’s not the point. What is this is stupid photoshopped image stands for The point of this to show that even a Google image of an athlete has to be photoshopped to match some standard of beauty,” she wrote in a comment. However, others continued to argue that such issues. Some even defended the skin lightening. The image appears on several sites including a site called ‘Women’s Cricketers Biography and WIKI where her details are listed along with other women cricketers.