Posts tagged "airbrushing"

ModCloth Vows Transparency On Photoshopping Its Models

This week, the retro fashion shopping site ModCloth made a public commitment to transparency in the media by signing a pledge let customers know if they Photoshop their models.

The Heroes Pledge for Advertisers, which is a campaign of the Brave Girls Alliance, asks companies to commit to informing users if they tangibly…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 14, 2014

Photoshopped Versions Of Famous Paintings Are Kind Of Terrifying

What would Botticelli’s Birth of Venus look like if the star of the painting had been airbrushed? If famous works of art had been created today, they might have a whole different look.

Lauren Wade, photo editor at TakePart, used GIFs to alter the body sizes of some of history’s most beautiful portrayals of…

By: Claire Hannum / May 20, 2014

In Case You Are Wondering What Dita Von Teese Looks Like With A Spray Tan

Who would dare mess with the beauty that is Dita Von Teese? She doesn’t say, but she did share this picture on her Instagram account of herself extravagantly Photoshopped. (By the same people who did this, maybe?) Her hair color and style are completely different, her makeup is changed, and that lovely ivory complexio…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 22, 2014

Lena Dunham’s Awesome Response To The Vogue Non-Controversy

“I know that I felt really like Vogue supported me and wanted to put a depiction of me on the cover. I never felt bullied into anything; I felt really happy because they dressed me and styled me in a way that really reflects who I am. And I felt that was very lucky and that all…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 18, 2014

Surprise! Vogue Didn’t Photoshop The Hell Out Of Lena Dunham After All

Yesterday, the lady blog Jezebel posted that they were willing to pay $10,000 for unretouched photos from Lena Dunham’s Vogue cover shoot, writing:
Our desire to see these images pre-Photoshop is not about seeing what Dunham herself “really” looks like; we can see that every Sunday night or with a cursory Google search. She’…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 17, 2014

Is Your Toddler Wearing Enough Makeup In Photos?

Oh, hey, I didn’t think you felt uncomfortable enough this morning so I wanted to show you this:  “pageant glitz retouching” for little girls  for beauty pageants. Available on Etsy.com for only $15 a pop, your toddler can go from “before” to “after” with makeup, stray on tan, smoothed skin, highlights and teeth…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 3, 2013

True Story: A Photoshopping Site Stole My Selfie Off Instagram And Gave Me A “Makeover” [UPDATE]

UPDATE, 5:40p.m.: @photoshop_fantasy has issued an apology on their Instagram page, although it appears all the same images are still up :
Hello lovely followers! We want to apologize for the inconveniences this account has caused with the unadvised photoshops. We deleted them and promise to not do these again without permission. What we did…

By: Carrie Nelson / November 26, 2013

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, A Jane Austen Victorian Airbrushing Scandal!

Jane Austen is the newest face on Britain’s 10 pound note.  Yay feminism, right?  Well, hold your horses, sister suffragette, because now Austen’s biographer is howling about an airbrushing scandal.

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 30, 2013

Photoshop Of Horrors: Even Men Are Photoshopped Into Monsters Sometimes

It’s so common to see women on magazines Photoshopped into some kind of chitinous, spindly, segmented monster that we don’t always look twice unless something truly bizarre is going on (like this model who could destroy Tokyo in her high-low dress, or this picture of Megan Fox Photoshopped to look like another woman entirely). But it’s not…

By: The Gloss / October 29, 2013

Debenhams, European Department Store, Won’t Airbrush Lingerie Models Anymore

Yesterday, Debenhams, a European department store, announced on Facebook that it is scaling back on airbrushing images of lingerie models, citing a “moral” imperative to portray women’s bodies more naturally. The store also offered an example of how one lingerie model would have been retouched (um, everywhere) with before-and-after photos — see above! [Yahoo]

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 13, 2013

19 Sexy Lingerie Models Whose Boobs Are Mysteriously Missing Nipples

It’s hard out there for a nipple. Or at least, it must be — that’s what we’ve got to assume based on the fact that so many lingerie models seem to be missing theirs these days. As we attempted to shop for sexy V-Day lingerie, we were struck by all of these hapless models, who’ve…

By: Julie Gerstein / February 4, 2013

“Bra-Burning Feminist” Romola Garai Talks Body Image

“My weight was a very big issue when I started. I was then — and am now — a very normal size 10. But that’s not acceptable. Everyone’s aware of it. It’s partly because fashion, film and television have become so interdependent. Increasingly, it’s actresses doing the big fashion advertising campaigns and now there’s no distinctio…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 8, 2012

Lucky Apologizes For Overly Airbrushed Britney Spears Cover

There’s airbrushing and then there’s “who the hell is that on the cover of that magazine”? And that’s exactly the line Lucky magazine crossed with its December 2012 cover, featuring X-Factor judge Britney Spears. Readers took to Twitter to complain that the cover image looked unnatural and overly Photoshopped. They accused the mag of putting…

By: Julie Gerstein / October 29, 2012

Erin Heatherton Approves Of Victoria’s Secret’s Photoshop Obsession

Scanning through magazines is always a really nice way to reduce my over-inflated ego. Typically there are pictures on pictures of beautiful, svelte women and I sit there like “Well…I guess I could start a diet” as I shove another Oreo into my face because YOLO. I mean it’s obvious that all of the picture…

By: College Candy / October 20, 2012

Numéro Magazine Airbrushes Out Karlie Kloss’ Protruding Ribs

Usually in advertising we see Photoshop used in ways that are objectionable for the statement they make about women’s body size and skin color: airbrushing is used to slim down thighs, arms and tummies or to lighten skin. But in a photo of Karlie Kloss for Numéro magazine, we see another side of airbrushing —…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 26, 2012

Tavi Is Meh About “Seventeen”‘s No Photoshop Pledge

“I think it’s great that these girls are taking action. I don’t know, however, that Photoshop makes a huge difference with the kind of models they use, or that there aren’t other parts of the magazine that contribute to the same issue. I’m sure most people don’t think as obsessively about stuff like the wording…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 18, 2012

“Seventeen” Promises To Stop Photoshopping Models

In response to a Change.org petition, Seventeen magazine has said it will no longer alter the body size or face shape of the models posing in its magazine. The petition was created by Julia Bluhm of Waterville, Maine, and garnered over 84,000 signatures which were hand-delivered to the executive editor of Seventeen. [Change.org/Seventeen]…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 3, 2012

23 Celebs Rocking Out In Bikinis (Sans Photoshop!)

I don’t know about you, but my bikini body doesn’t look anything like the ones on the cover of In Touch … unless we’re talking about one of those “Pregnant Or Ate A Burrito?!” articles. Let’s be real: no one other than Kim Kardashian (and her team of makeup artists, hairstylists and spray tanners) look…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 12, 2012

Teen Activist Julia Bluhm Is Still Fighting Against Photoshop

A couple weeks ago we told you about an amazing 14-year-old activist named Julia Bluhm who wrote a petition to Seventeen magazine asking them to publish one unaltered photo spread every month. Well, since then Julia’s been busy. Her petition has garnered over 74,000 signatures (yep, you read that right: 74,000), she scored a profile

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 18, 2012

12 Celeb Women Who’ve Suffered At The Hands Of Photoshop

The cover of a recent issue of LOOK magazine features Rihanna looking, well, a little wonky, no? That’s because the photo of the singer is an exceptionally poor composite, cut and pasted together from two separate images. Rihanna’s head is from a photo taken on the red carpet of the “Battleship” premiere in Japan, while her body…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 21, 2012
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