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Woman Speaks Out Against Default Phone Setting That Airbrushes Selfies

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Samsung phone users may notice something a little different about their selfies. This happened to author and blogger Mel Wells, who noticed that every photo she took of herself automatically airbrushed her face.

According to People, Wells posted two selfies to her Instagram that showed how her once freckled face was edited to be completely freckle-free.

"Wow Samsung," she wrote in the caption of the photo. "When you get a brand new phone and go to take a selfie and realise that the default setting on the front camera is automatically on 'Beauty level 8' which evidently means: seriously airbrushed face."

Wow Samsung. When you get a brand new phone and go to take a selfie and realise that the default setting on the front camera is automatically on "Beauty level 8" which evidently means: seriously airbrushed face. This means everyone who gets a new Samsung phone and flicks the front camera on is automatically being told "Hi, we're Samsung and we think you look way better when we automatically airbrush your selfies for you, x 8!!" Thanks @samsungmobile for the vote of confidence, I think I'll keep my freckles and imperfections since this is how I look in 3D and this is how all my friends see me in real life. I hope young girls are buying iPhones instead of Samsungs. (Wait, do iPhones do this too?) To clarify - no apps here - this is Samsung's DEFAULT FRONT CAMERA SETTING. 😟🙈

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The airbrush setting is one that can be turned off, but it is the phone's default front camera setting, something that concerned Wells.

"This means everyone who gets a new Samsung phone and flicks the front camera on is automatically being told "Hi, we're Samsung and we think you look way better when we automatically airbrush your selfies for you, x 8!!" she wrote.

Adding, "Thanks @samsungmobile for the vote of confidence, I think I'll keep my freckles and imperfections since this is how I look in 3D and this is how all my friends see me in real life."

While some of her followers questioned why she didn't just turn the setting off, Wells made it clear in a second Instagram post picked up by Cosmo UK that this was about more than a setting, this was about woman loving who they are, flaws and all.

Samsung responded to the controversy in a statement to Teen Vogue, explaining that this filter option happens to be a favourite among its customers: "At Samsung we offer a range of camera settings on our mobile phones for our customers to be able to choose to switch on or use. The beauty setting is one such setting that we know our customers love and has the option of being switched on or turned off completely, depending on personal preference."

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