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Troian Bellisario defends GQ shoot

Troian Bellisario has defended her photoshopped Pretty Little Liars shoot for GQ, insisting she had “fun”.

The actress and her Pretty Little Liars co-stars Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson and Shay Mitchell appear in the latest edition of the men’s magazine, sporting retro swimwear and striking sexy poses.

Many of the girls’ fans took to the internet to express their anger at the gorgeous girls being photoshopped for the spread and for the skimpy clothing on display. However, Troian insists she would choose to wear the bikinis in day-to-day life and that it was all in the name of fun.

“I’m not in underwear. I’m wearing what I would wear to any beach or pool,” she clarified on Twitter.

“I support my job and the fact that promotion is necessary to do it. We were photoshopped by our own show it is inescapable.

“and I had a fun day with my friends while shooting this. You make a good point and I am glad you are bringing it up. (sic)”

The 28-year-old beauty also used Instagram to share some of the photos prior to the editing process. She insisted that retouching is something she can’t control, but that she’s not ashamed of her body or looks.

“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,” she wrote on the picture sharing site.

“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. (sic)”

She added that she thinks her Pretty Little Liars co-stars are “gorgeous” even without make-up or retouching and that she views the girls as “goddesses”.

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