What are the skinny filter and the fat filter on TikTok and why are they problematic?

There’s a “skinny filter” circulating on TikTok, and yes, it’s just as problematic as it sounds. 

With our culture becoming more hyper-obsessed with image thanks to social media, there’s now ever-evolving technology to edit photos. If the body positivity movement taught us anything, it’s that any beauty standard that suggests there’s only one way to look good is probably, well, a lie. 

What is the skinny filter on TikTok? 

The “skinny filter” is regressive because its underlying sentiment is that people look preferable with thinner, more angular features. 

The influencer @guavajuice went viral by highlighting the absurdity of the filter. He ran a photo of his face through it and it was instantly transformed to have a slimmer, more chiseled jaw. But then he ran each subsequent photo through the filter a total of ten times until eventually, he looked like a Picasso painting. 

How to get the skinny filter on TikTok

If you’re curious about the “skinny filter,” here’s how to access it. 

First, download the FaceApp. Open up the app and select a photo of your face. Once selected, enter edit mode, tap “Sizes” and then hit the “Small Face” option. Choose the “Skinny” filter and upload your results on TikTok

Some examples of the skinny filter on TikTok:

The user @no1beautyqueen also ran her photo through the filter 10 times. 

“Jeffree is that you?” she wrote in the caption, comparing her results to the makeup artist Jeffree Star. 

But @minecraftnoooob opted to use photos of celebrities like Harry Styles with the filter as an experiment. It was a bit… scary. 

Then @tallytubbies used the filter 10 times to comment on how outdated its notions were. 

“Ready to be 2012 Tumblr thinspo,” she remarked

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