BY NICKY CHAMP
Pores. Wrinkles. Cellulite. Freckles. Sunspots. Pigmentation.Pimples. Stretch marks. Poof! Gone!
It’s been years since we’ve seen anything even remotely resembling an actual human in a magazine. Overwhelmingly, even the thinnest models are routinely stretched, elongated. Size 6-8 women (and girls) have their waists carved into, their thighs and hips shaved and their arms sliced…..all so they will look even thinner and conform to some warped Barbie ideal of how women are ‘meant’ to look on Planet Fashion.
So surely the fact that Photoshop is also being used to make models look fatter is a sign of progress, right? Actually, wrong.
Let’s walk through this.
Take a look at this image of model Karlie Kloss. The original photo (right) shows Kloss with her arms out stretched, ribcage jutting out. On the left is how the magazine ran it, ribs airbrushed to be less skeletal.
The move has angered the photographer of the images, Greg Kadel – with his studio e-mailing this response to the magazine’s retouching:
“It was Greg’s desire to represent Karlie as she naturally is … slender, athletic and beautiful. That is why he released the images as he intended them to be seen by the public. He is shocked and dismayed that unbeknownst to him, Numéro took it upon themselves to airbrush over his original images. Greg stands by his original artwork and cannot stress enough that he not only was unaware of the magazine’s retouching but also finds the airbrushing of Karlie unacceptable and unnecessary.”
It’s not the first time one of Karlie Kloss’ images has caused controversy. Vogue Italia deleted this image (pic right) from their website after it received a negative reaction to her perceived anorexia, some over-zealous photoshopping and her “contorted” hips.
The first the public heard about this magazine practice was in 2010 when Jane Druker, the editor of UK’s Healthy magazine, admitted to retouching a cover to make the model appear larger to fit in line with the publication’s ‘healthy’ brand.
The cover girl had apparently arrived at the shoot looking “really thin and unwell” and instead of a finding a replacement, the model’s face was airbrushed to look plumper and more radiant.