A graphic designer with a sarcastic sense of humor and an obvious disdain for the modern cult of narcissism is being praised for the time he decided to not do his job.
James Fridman, whose satirical Photoshop skills have earned him hundreds of thousands of followers on Twitter, set the jokes aside after a young woman suffering from an eating disorder submitted a photo for editing.
“Hey James I was wondering if you could maybe make me look pretty in this picture I don't have any self confidence and am struggling with an eating disorder so just wanted something to aspire to be and look like, just a beautiful version of myself,” read a message the woman included with her photo.
After reading the request, Fridman replied, “Nothing and no one could make you prettier than you already are. Don't be influenced by the wrong standards. Don't put looks before your health. Get well.”
The Photoshop pro then posted the exchange on Twitter, receiving a flood of replies from appreciative fans:
@fjamie013 Well said James.— Sharopy (@Sharopy05) April 9, 2016
@fjamie013 you sir, are a wonderful man.— Kellie (@BigFashionista) April 9, 2016
@fjamie013 She's so beautiful! Look at her eyes (well, the one you can see in the picture). Thanks for being so kind and supportive to her!— Lillian (@Tweeter_NCIS)April 9, 2016
@fjamie013 You UTTER Legend. She is indeed beautiful. Amazing words sir.— Andrew (@McMoobud) April 9, 2016
@fjamie013 You're a great person for telling her that and it all is true. She's pretty already. Also heath is the most important thing.— Kodey Tignor (@PKMSceptile) April 9, 2016
The reply was a sober break from the artist’s typical routine of only posting parodies of requests he receives from vain and shallow fans.
Fridman has amassed more than 250,000 Twitter followers in less than two months for works of art such as this:
And in case anyone is wondering how he gets away with this, Fridman’s social media accounts and website include this warning: “Read terms and conditions before submitting photos. Do not submit any personal photos that you do not want to be made public.”
This is what one woman got when she asked the artist to make her look “more like Kylie Jenner.”
“But no pranks,” she wrote. “Just give me that real Kylie look.”
https://t.co/LILtt3NQ2v— James Fridman (@James Fridman) 1458078057.0
“Here's the real Kylie look,” Fridman explained. The new image gave the girl thinner lips and a smaller bust, creating a look that resembled the reality star before she got lip injections and began copying her older sisters’ looks.
“Hey James can you give me a Kardashian look? Any of them?” another woman requested. Fridman couldn’t — and didn’t — resist.
https://t.co/6EdRxqEjEo— James Fridman (@James Fridman) 1459456553.0
“Here you you go,” he replied with an image of her with bushy eyebrows, facial hair, tattoos on her arm and a baseball cap. The woman forgot about one Kardashian — Rob.
Another woman who asked Fridman to make her “eyebrows bushy.” Here’s what she received from Fridman:
https://t.co/bgkWIVVgoo— James Fridman (@James Fridman) 1458679909.0
And a man from India who shared his desire to be portrayed as a blond “American celebrity” probably was not expecting that celebrity to be Donald Trump:
https://t.co/i2Jg4Mc9Jz— James Fridman (@James Fridman) 1458413139.0
Another request Fridman receives is for certain people to be cropped from group photos.
When one woman asked him to “take the girl in the violet skirt out” of a photo, the artist replied with a picture of himself with his arm around the girl:
https://t.co/xvd2yyu96c— James Fridman (@James Fridman) 1458159222.0
“I took her out. We had fun,” he wrote.
But Fridman apparently believes that humor can have a deeper purpose of helping others see and accept who they really are.
When one man submitted a picture and claimed that all of his friends tell him he has a “neck like a giraffe,” Fridman found a creative way to tell him that his friends were mistaken:
https://t.co/hNgZ6nx1yX— James Fridman (@James Fridman) 1459016061.0
And when one young boy asked Fridman to make his skin look white, James flat-out refused. “If your skin was white, that would be a completely different person,” he wrote. “You are you who are and that's the beauty of it.”