Thank you Jezebel for keeping the media on it’s toes. Here’s the latest post from the modern-day feminists’ blog, with their trademark yellow arrows pointing out the digital shrinkage.
Following the massive retouching of Kelly Clarkson for the cover of Self magazine’s Sept. 2009 issue, Stylist.com asked it’s readers “Do you think it’s right for a magazine to shave pounds off celebrities in pictures?”
84% replied “No! Just more unrealistic images for real women to try to live up to.”
13% replied, “Depends on what the celebrity wants. They should have the final say.”
3% only replied, “Yes! Stars should look their best and the technology exists.”
Peter Lindbergh shot supermodels with minimal makeup and no retouching beyond darkroom techniques for Harper’s Bazaar’s September 2009 issue.
Crystal Ren was shocked when she saw the final images of herself for FashionForPassion’s 2010 campaign. She explained, “…well, that body doesn’t look like my body. It doesn’t. Having had an eating disorder, I know what that very thin body looks like on me, and it’s not something I find attractive. It’s not something I aspire to…I feel completely confident in my own health because I know I don’t look like that, but even to see it in an image was really disturbing to me.”
Sex, Lies and Photoshop, New York Times Video Op-ed by jesse epstein