Influencer and fashion icon Danielle Bernstein has, time and again, faced intense criticism following the use of photo-editing tools to enhance her bodily look. Her August 2020 Instagram post, in particular, made the wrong headlines, and therefore, the fashion designer was heavily criticized for her actions. 

Fashion enthusiast Bernstein started her career more than ten years ago as a blogger at, a fashion blog she founded during her college years.  

Despite being successful in her trade, she has come under intense scrutiny for different reasons. One of the most notable is Berstein's habit of copying designs from other designers and fashion houses. 

In 2020, she was accused of copying a design for a cloth face mask with a chain. A design previously brought in fashion by a Latino band called Second Wind. As per another instance, which took place a few days after, fashionista Bernstein was seen wearing a "vintage pair" of gym shorts in one of her Instagram photos.

In her post, Bernstein announced that the shorts were going for mass production shortly; however, it was later found that the designs for the shorts were snapped from an Australian brand called Art Garments.

Danielle Bernstein's Instagram Controversy 

In August of 2020, the fashion enthusiast/Instagram influencer was heavily criticized for her social media post and its meaning. She posted two pictures of herself, confirming that they were shot using different light settings and, through the caption, attempted to explain how the change of lights hid her cellulite

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In the pictures, she can be seen wearing shorts exposing her thighs. As per Bernstein, in the first picture, the "sun is behind me, so I'm backlit and it's more flattering." And the second image is "direct sunlight which shows my cellulite." 

"Both are beautiful, but a quick 180 can dramatically change the look," she continued. Toward the end, Bernstein has used a hashtag #uneditedbutfiltered, stressing how no editing tool was used to enhance her look, something she had been criticized a lot for. 

In the comment section, the disbelief of her followers can be noticed as one user wrote, "me looking for a difference in these photos." One of the Instagram users called out Bernstein and said, "Your body looks identical in both pics. I appreciate what you are trying to show, but this ain't it honey." While another person wrote, "But... You look the same. And with zero cellulite in either? (Which is also totally normal and okay to have btw)."

Danielle Bernstein Confessed Using Photo-Editing Tools

On July 08, 2020, Bernstein posted a picture of herself, with a long caption, where her body can be seen in the full stretch while she rocked a bikini enjoying the sun. In the same picture, stretch marks on the upper region of her right thigh are visible.   

The first six letters of the lengthy writing read "Me, myself, and my unedited body." In the post, Bernstein explained how she is "constantly working on self-love while under the lens of millions of people and their opinions every day." 

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Further, Bernstein emphasized how she is "far from perfect" and would "smooth out a stretch mark here or tuck in some bloating there." And hoped by "opening up and sharing my vulnerabilities," it will show that those having bodily issues are not alone and that "I'm here for you, and as always." 

Additionally, in her 2020 book titled This Is Not a Fashion Story: Taking Chances, Breaking Rules, and Being a Boss in the Big City, Bernstein talked about using photo-editing softwares to enhance her look and showcase her weight loss. 

I grew obsessed with photo-editing tools that I could use to make my thighs a little thinner or my arms a little more sculpted.

As of this writing, Bernstein, who goes by the handle @weworewhat, is being followed by 2.7 million fans on her Instagram.