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The New York Times Distorts Image Of Christina Hendricks, Calls Her “Big”

The other day, we posted a poll on the best-dressed women at the Golden Globes. For those of you who haven’t checked it, Christina Hendricks, the redheaded siren of “Mad Men,” who dressed in a peach-colored Christian Siriano gown, is far and away the winner with over 22 percent of the votes. Cathy Horyn, a style blogger at the Times, however, disagreed with our poll’s results, going so far as to quote a stylist who said, “You don’t put a big girl in a big dress. That’s rule number one.” And seemingly to drive home the point of just how terribly big Hendricks really is, the Times ran an altered photo of her (left image) making her appear broader than normal. Keep reading »

Demi Moore’s Wanted Perfume Ad Is Airbrushed As All Get-Out

Pity the fool who had to airbrush the hell out of Demi Moore‘s ad for her new perfume, Wanted. Demi, honey, you’re a beautiful woman—you don’t need every wrinkle or pore on our face be to Photoshopped within an inch of your life. Remember all that Photoshopping drama with your W magazine cover? Embrace being 47 years old and just cool it on the airbrushing, ‘kay? [Dlisted] Keep reading »

Clean & Clear Ad Banned For Using Makeup In “After” Photo


I had to laugh when I read about a recent ad for Johnson & Johnson’s Clean and Clear Spot Control Kit getting pulled from British television recently. When consumers complained that their skin didn’t look the actress’s in the commercial, Johnson & Johnson admitted that, get this, the actress was wearing makeup in the “after” photo!! I know, shocking, right? The U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority pulled the ad and released this statement:

“We considered that, in order to make the before and after comparison fair, both shots should have been taken under the same conditions (both without makeup) to ensure that any visible improvement was an accurate representation of what could be achieved with the product.”

What I’m wondering is: do these people (the consumers and the ADA) seriously believe skin care companies don’t normally use makeup on models to give the illusion of clearer skin (or, in the case of “before” pictures, bad skin)?! I think that’s the real crime here. [via Huffington Post and The Guardian] Keep reading »

Sadie Frost Goes Naked Sans Airbrushing

We’ve loved Sadie Frost ever since she played the scene-stealing Lucy against Winona Ryder’s Mina in “Dracula,” but here in the States, we don’t hear much about the British actress, except when her name is associated with her ex, Jude Law, whom we’ve heard entirely altogether too much about. That’s why we were surprised to see her today, all of her. The 44-year-old not only guest-edited Grazia magazine, but she also stripped down for a photo shoot. (Talk about multi-tasking.) Keep reading »

Does Photoshop Retouching Really Deserve Its Bad Image?

Retouching is getting a very bad name in the media these days, and photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino is fighting back against a possible law in France that would require any Photoshop image to clearly mention its changes via a warning label. While instances of bad airbrushing and tampering have become extremely apparent as of late, he’s out to show that not all alterations are bad. In fact, he wants to prove that they’re more commonplace than anyone realizes. This weekend, he published a photo of a woman Photoshopped in Libération’s Next magazine, but instead of giving her skinnier hips, he enhanced her curves (reminiscent of Beth Dittos’ Love cover). Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Ralph Lauren Model Loses Stomach In Tragic Airbrushing Accident

  • Ralph Lauren model Filippa Hamilton has a stomach, really she does! Don’t let this airbrushed-to-sh*t Ralph Lauren ad on the left fool you. [Daily Mail]—At least the company apologized, sort of. A spokesman for Ralph Lauren said “we are responsible for the poor imaging and retouching that resulted in a very distorted image of a woman’s body.”
  • A transsexual with gender dysphoria in England who has been living as a woman for the past 10 years has been fighting since 2006 for the UK’s National Health Service to pay for her breast implants. The woman, known only as “C,” has already undergone hormone treatments to become more feminine but said a boob job is essential to her identity. [UK Telegraph]
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    French Women Don’t Get Fat! Politicians In France Propose Airbrush Warnings

    You believed French women looked gorgeous naturally, didn’t you? Quel suprise! Airbrushing is causing unrealistic body images and encouraging eating disorders, said a French politician on Monday as she proposed warning labels on digitally enhanced images. Parlimentarian Valerie Boyer and 50 other French politicians want a “health warning” on airbrushed pics. All enhanced photos would be accompanied by this line: “Photograph retouched to modify the physical appearance of a person.” Under the proposal in France, a company that didn’t include the warning on their retouched ads would be slapped with a trés mal fine of a $54,930, or up to 50 percent the cost of the advertisement. The French proposal comes on the heels of a suggestion by British pols for warning labels of their own. But what we want to know is how long until such a proposal comes to the States, where we just love our Photoshop? (And can you imagine what Anna Wintour would have to say about it?) [Yahoo] Keep reading »

    Kate Moss Wore No Makeup In The ’90s Because Of The Recession?

    Makeup artist Kay Montano prepared Kate Moss for for an iconic Calvin Klein perfume ad shoot in the late ’90s. According to Kay, there wasn’t any makeup involved in the making of the ads because her bosses urged her to be frugal due to the recession at the time:

    “Yes, the recession came and after that fashion and beauty became rather more pared down. One of my first jobs after moving to New York was to make up Kate Moss for the Calvin Klein Obsession fragrance campaign and I just used moisturizer. She looked absolutely perfect.”

    Here’s why this is confusing. Keep reading »

    Shocker! Kate Moss Looks Different Before And After Airbrushing

    Kate Moss is hotter than ever these days. She’s killing it in new Prada and Just Cavalli campaigns, gracing the September covers of W and Russian Vogue, and recent business dealings with Simon Cowell and Philip Green indicate that the model-turned-designer is also entering into entertainment mogul territory. But the Daily Mail, one of the UK’s most entertaining and trashtastic papers, is always ready to cut a celeb down to size, and they love their Kate pot shots. This time, however, they’ve gone too far. Keep reading »

    Self Editor Fails At Defending Herself

    After all the hype about the excessive photoshopping and airbrushing that was done to Kelly Clarkson‘s photo on the cover of Self, Editor-In-Chief Lucy Danziger faced the Meredith Viera on the “Today” show to defend her magazine’s editing choices. Danzinger was hardly successful at defending herself. In fact, the more she spoke, the more contradictions she made, and the more confused I became. Keep reading »

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