There’s A New Controversial App That Allows Users To Remove Makeup From Women’s Photos

Many people believe that 2017 will go down in history as the year of women—although it has been an undeniably hard year around the world, great strides have been made for women’s equality. Light has been shed on sexual harassment, the gender pay gap, women’s healthcare, and many other serious issues women have to deal with every day. As a result of all the media attention women are facing in 2017, progress is being made towards change—which is why we don’t have time for apps like MakeApp come the new year.

MakeApp is a new app making headlines for its artificial intelligence that exposes what women look like without makeup. Yes, you read that correctly—you can either take a selfie or upload a photo of someone else to MakeApp where you are given the options to either add or remove makeup from the photo. Talk about infuriating.

We decided to give MakeApp a try on famous celebrities to see if the app’s AI accurately portrays women without makeup, and the results speak for themselves:

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Notice how Nicki Minaj’s eyelashes are merely faded into a blur?

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After using MakeApp, Kim Kardashian’s complexion looks dirty and dull.

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Demi Lovato’s photo is proof that the AI intelligence used by MakeApp is a lot kinder to women with lighter skin tones—another reason this app should not exist.

The final result of each transformation is confirmation that this app can’t be trusted. In our social-media-obsessed world, we have an obligation to post responsibly. Women shouldn’t feel they have to edit their own or anyone else’s photos—MakeApp does not promote body positivity and self-worth.

Here’ to a photo-shopless world, with reasonable body image expectations and less negativity. I’m deleting MakeApp immediately, who is with me?