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.