Celebrities have been accused of sparking a new trend for airbrushing out knuckles on photographs so that their hands appear smoother.
The strange fad, brought to light by Instagram expert Sara Tasker, from Yorkshire, shows famous faces – and their followers – having apparently photoshopped the natural creases in their skin out, leaving their fingers wrinkle-free.
Taking to Twitter Sara, who also works as a business coach, wrote: ‘New in “Instagram trends that quietly frighten me” we have airbrushing out your knuckles for that “hot dog” look.’
Kylie Jenner has been spotted donning hands that appear abnormally smooth and appear to be airbrushed
An Instagram expert has taken to Twitter to bring to light a new craze which sees social media users apparently airbrushing their knuckles
Sara shared several pictures she had spotted of people who appeared to have airbrushed their hands during her trawl of the internet.
The images showed a series of hands with smoother-looking fingers and barely-there knuckles.
Speaking to FEMAIL, Sara explained: ‘I’ve been spotting it for a while on my Instagram Explore page, and occasionally on places like Pinterest too. It seems to have been growing in popularity over the last few months.
‘I think it’s an interesting reflection on how far removed from reality the ”Instagram perfect” body has become – genetically impossible waists, distorted curves, and now fingers that don’t bend!
‘It’s easy to poke fun, but it also poses the more serious question – what kind of messages are young girls and women getting, if they feel like the natural lines on their skin are an unacceptable flaw that needs to be fixed?
Taking to Twitter Sara Tasker, who also works as a business coach, said the new phenomenon
‘How does that carry over into how they feel in real life – where wrinkles, creases, freckles and spots are an inevitable part of being an ageing human?’
Sara’s tweet comes after a number of celebrities were spotted donning abnormally wrinkle-free hands and fewer creases on their fingers.
Among the celebrities seen sporting the smooth-knuckled look are Kylie Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Jordyn Woods, Hailee Steinfeld, Selena Gomez and Scarlett Johansson.
Actress Scarlett Johansson (left) and reality star Khloe Kardashian were among the celebrities sporting a smoother-looking hand
The hands of Selena Gomez in this image also seem abnormally smooth, with significantly fewer creases than you’d expect
This photo of Hailee Steinfeld’s hand also shows the knuckles featuring fainter lines and creases than what you’d imagine
This shot of Jordyn Woods’ hands also look suspiciously crease-free around the knuckle area
Sara thinks apps encouraging users to edit their faces and bodies are responsible for the rising number of people choosing to airbrush their knuckles.
She added: ‘I think it’s just an extension of people using these apps on their faces and bodies.
‘The Kardashians in particular heavily edit themselves in this way in all of their supposedly ”candid” Instagram posts, which has made these perfecting editing apps especially popular.
The Instagram expert shared a number of pictures she had found of social media users sporting the airbrushed hand look
One picture showed a hand where hardly any creases or signs of a knuckle could be seen at all
Another social media user shared a picture of their apparently airbrushed hands which looked abnormally smooth
‘Once you already have the app and have seen what it can do, it’s not a huge leap to apply the same filters and presets to any picture of any part of your body – including the hands.’
Following Sara’s tweet, horrified social media users took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the strange phenomenon.
One Twitter user wrote: ‘I mean it would be awful to acknowledge that fingers need those wrinkly bits because the extra skin allows our finger joints to bend!’
Following Sara’s post, social media users shared their horror at the new trend, with some calling the craze ‘weird’
Another person commented: ‘I cannot fathom why anyone would do that. Even if you had grandma hands like me.’
‘What the? Why on earth would anyone want to do this? It looks horrid. I’ll take my ageing body any day thanks. Last time I checked, I’m human not a hot dog,’ wrote another.
And one asked: ‘What is wrong with this world? I wonder what we will be left with when everything else is airbrushed away.’