pretty-little-liars-GQ-june-2014.jpgThe “Pretty Little Liars” stars are causing a stir this week for their summer photo shoot in GQ, which features the girls glammed up and in sexy swimsuits. There has been some online criticism of how photoshopped the girls appear, with one writer calling them “shiny, poreless Barbies.”

This comes just a few months after star Ashley Benson criticized a poster released by ABC Family that she thought was over-photoshopped. But star Troian Bellisario says that this GQ photo shoot is a different matter because its supposed to be highly stylized.

Bellisario has posted some behind-the-scenes photos of herself from the shoot on Instagram and writes:

“So by now you have seen many a shot from #GQ
and many people have said that we were photoshopped… OF COURSE WE
WERE! that’s a very specific type of photo shoot. And looking very blown
out and perfected was obviously what they were looking for. Great.
Cool. As long as we acknowledge how it was achieved so we know it’s not
real. Here’s some behind the scenes of my body the way it is and was on
the day. I’m not mad at how these pictures turned out, the girls and I
had an absolute blast. More fun than we’ve had on a photoshoot in a
while, and I think you can see that in our eyes and smiles.

“But it’s the
same everywhere. It’s the same way on the posters of our show and even
in women’s magazines. This industry seems to invest more in perfection
than in flaw. But flaw and individuality, to me, are what make a human
being interesting, they make our stories worth telling. (Unfortunately
the flaws don’t usually sell products or magazines) I’m proud of my body
and the way it looks because @themarkwildman
kicks my butt in aerial. But my hips and thighs are a part of me (even
though they magically weren’t in some shots!) I get those things from my
momma. And I’m happy To shake what my momma gave me.

What do you think, “PLL” fans? Is it all OK as long as we acknowledge what the photo shoot was going for, as Bellisario says?

“Pretty Little Liars” returns Tuesday, June 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."