Little Shop


New York Times photo.

We all know the pictures we see in magazines are a bunch of bullshit. Jezebel famously pointed this out two years ago when it exposed. the level of retouching on a photo of Faith Hill on the cover of Redbook. Today, The New York Times printed an interesting take on the whole Photoshop debacle, and the backlash that seems to be rising from the excessive use of the photo-altering program by magazine editors.


It even includes a quote from the grand dame of Vogue herself, Anna Wintour, on an image of a naked, obese woman the magazine published illustrating the health risks of obesity:

“It’s the kind of picture that really is going to make people stop and pay attention and have them just be provoked, which was really the point.”

So, I guess she sees the validity in realistic portrayals, yet still sees fit to make her cover subjects look like department store mannequins? Interesting.

Personally, I’m sick to death of all the airbrushing. Sure, I don’t think a little touch-up is out of line, but when you distort someone’s image so drastically that they no longer look like a human being, it’s just gotten out of hand.


4 responses to “Little Shop

  1. notaclevername

    A touch-up is fine. Making Salma Hayek look like Demi Moore is crossing a line.

  2. Thanks for posting, I really liked your newest post. I think you should post more frequently, you evidently have talent for blogging!

  3. I’m fine with removing pimples or erasing weird flyaway hairs or bruises and things like that (even cellulite, b/c hello, I wouldn’t want my cellulite on the cover of Vogue either) but they go too far when they remove half a person’s body to make them look like Barbie. Or when they remove an identifying features like a mole, prominent chin, nose, or dimple.

  4. so she will have an obsese person in her magazine ONLY to show the risks of being obese…because…overweight people aren’t good for anything else? and while we’re on the topic of health concerns…so is that why she has all those skinny models, sometimes dangerously underweight, in her magazine? to draw attention to eating disorders, especially those among their younger readers? right, anna. gotcha.

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