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Photoshopping a models ribs? [5 vote(s)]

Good. It's a less harmful image
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Misleading in that it allows people to think they can be that thin and look healthy.
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Should have left it as is to show the reality of models' bodies.
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Hermes

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Supermodel Karlie Kloss’ Ribs Photoshopped Out Of Her Numero Shoot
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What do you think?

Remember when Karlie Kloss turned 18 and photographers were champing at the bit to get her clothes off? Soon after, Steven Meisel shot Kloss in her first-ever nude shoot–”Body By Kloss”–for Italian Vogue. Only problem was: one photo so emphasized Kloss’ thinness that it was removed from the editorial. After all, an image tailor-made for pro-ana websites conflicted with Italian Vogue EIC Franca Sozzani‘s crusade against them.

It appears Numero has learned from Vogue‘s mistakes, though, and instead of running with an image of Kloss looking noticeably thin they… simply removed her ribs! Behold a shot from Kloss’ new Greg Kadel-shot editorial.

 

According to Fashion Copious, the image at left is being distributed by Kadel’s studio, while the image at right is being distributed by Numero. As Shift recently explored, photoshopping models to look less thin has become increasingly common.

At the same time, with abdomen thrown forward, shoulders back and arms in the air, plenty of peoples’ ribs would show. Which is to say, we don’t think the image is quite as dramatic in its focus on Kloss’ thinness as the one removed from Vogue. …But the issue here isn’t really which image is more dramatic, the issue is hiring a very thin model and then digitally smoothing out the contours of her very thin body. At what point do magazines ask themselves, “Why hire such thin models?”




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Both pictures are going to used in positive and negative ways by different groups of people, which, I guess, makes the writer's last point ("At what point do magazines ask themselves, 'Why hire such thin models?'") the valid one. The image shouldn't have been captured in the first place, and Kloss shouldn't be able to readily find work. :-/


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Jezebel.com had a really good piece on this. I could find the link, but that would tax my already overworked brain. Their point was that the magazine was trying to have their cake and eat it too - that is, they get to have a super thin model, but not be seen as promoting super thinness.

I actually love the rawness of the original image. If I saw the second image only, I confess it wouldn't have occurred to me that it was altered to that extent. It would have just seemed off to me in an intangible way, like most fashion images do in the digital age. But comparing the two side by side, I can definitely understand why the photographer was upset.

I don't jibe with PJ's statement that she isn't entitled to work because of her body. The photos are beautiful, as is she. To me, the original image is the "healthy" one: it shows the unnatural state of these women and their bodies, these living coat hangers, all for the service of our dysfunctional consumerist capitalist interests. I like the perspective behind that. She is thin. She is thin and it's the fault of our shallow culture. Are we going to airbrush over that, like the magazine that desperately wants to conceal the shallowness that is their very livelihood to protect themselves from scrutiny?

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Suasoria wrote:

To me, the original image is the "healthy" one: it shows the unnatural state of these women and their bodies, these living coat hangers, all for the service of our dysfunctional consumerist capitalist interests. I like the perspective behind that. She is thin. She is thin and it's the fault of our shallow culture. Are we going to airbrush over that, like the magazine that desperately wants to conceal the shallowness that is their very livelihood to protect themselves from scrutiny?


 Excellent observations, Su. ITA.



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D wrote:

Suasoria wrote:

To me, the original image is the "healthy" one: it shows the unnatural state of these women and their bodies, these living coat hangers, all for the service of our dysfunctional consumerist capitalist interests. I like the perspective behind that. She is thin. She is thin and it's the fault of our shallow culture. Are we going to airbrush over that, like the magazine that desperately wants to conceal the shallowness that is their very livelihood to protect themselves from scrutiny?


 Excellent observations, Su. ITA.


This is almost exactly what I told my husband when I showed him this. And I will tell my 13 year old daughter when we talk about it...

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I have to admit, my first reaction was disgust at the original image. But after thinking about it, I believe that I'm more disgusted by the photoshop aspect of the second photo. By removing her ribs, it's similar to when they "shave" inches off a model (or actress') thighs or stomach in a photo. Only by softening her emaciated frame, it creates an image that is more attractive (and will sell more of whatever they are selling), but it also creates an image of a woman that will never exist. They are giving us not an idealized version of an image, they're giving us an unattainable version of the image. The first photo is frightening because it is real. That woman actually looks like that and it saddens & scares me that people validate her for it (by giving her work as a model.) But the second photo is the more dangerous one if you ask me. It says that this woman is that thin and yet still hot in a soft way (the way that we as a society, both men and women, like beautiful people to look.) And it's not only not real, it's never going to be real.



-- Edited by Boots on Monday 1st of October 2012 11:03:44 AM

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