Japanese magazine Numéro had airbrushed out Karlie Kloss’ prominent ribs in a photoshoot.
The original photo, shot by Greg Kadel and released by his studio, showed the 20-year-old model leaning back with her hands behind her head.
But the image that made its way onto the pages of the magazine’s October issue, Karlie Kloss’s ribs, sternum and prominent collar bones had been smoothed over.
Some have criticized the move, saying that that the images of Karlie Kloss show a slender model with normal ribs for a slim person leaning backwards – and suggest that the airbrushing by Número was over-zealous.
But to the editors of Numéro magazine, what may have seemed heavy-handed to some was likely a pre-emptive move to avoid the sort of furor that arose last time Chicago-born Karlie Kloss appeared naked in a magazine.
In a shoot for Vogue Italia with Steven Meisel last December, images showing Karlie Kloss’s protruding hip bones and minuscule waist sparked heated debate after they appeared on pro-anorexia websites.
Karlie Kloss printed in Numéro magazine
The photos were replicated across the globe on myriad so-called Thinspiration sites, websites where vulnerable women and men post images and words that they believe will help them to lose weight to be more like their icons. Eating disorder associations spoke out to say that Karlie Kloss’s slight frame could have a negative effect on impressionable girls.
Karlie Kloss in the original shoot
As soon as Vogue Italia learned that the images had appeared on the pro-anorexia sites, they pulled them from their own website.
Some months later, Vogue Italia’s editor Franca Sozzani admitted during a speech she gave to students at Harvard University that “fashion becomes one of the causes” of anorexia.
She discussed the industry’s reliance on imagery that glorifies extreme thinness, to the point where we now accept such aesthetic standards as entirely normal, and something to aspire to.
Franca Sozzani explained: “One of the reasons why a girl starts a too-strict diet is the necessity to correspond to an aesthetic standard which rewards thinness.
“And the current inclination to embrace a female beauty standard that exalts thinness has devastating consequences on many adolescents’ eating habits.”
Karlie Kloss, who says having been compared to Elle Macpherson (she has already been dubbed the new “Body”) gave her “goosebumps”, says her slim figure is down to years of ballet, which she gave up after she was told she was too tall to become a professional dancer.
She told Vogue earlier this year: “You are physically up for scrutiny by everyone and you hear everyone’s opinion. You have to grow thick skin and that only comes with time and learning.”
The Russian Orthodox Church has apologized for showing a photo of its leader Patriarch Kirill in which a luxury watch he was wearing was airbrushed.
Patriarch Kirill’s gold Breguet watch is estimated to be worth more than $30,000 and was spotted by Russian bloggers.
The watch’s reflection could be seen in the 2009 photo on the church’s website.
The Patriarchate said the manipulation would be investigated and “the guilty ones will be punished severely”.
In a statement the Patriarch’s press service said “we reject on principle any use of photo editing software to alter the appearance of images.
“There will be a thorough investigation to determine why in this instance there was a crude violation of our internal ethical code. The guilty ones will be punished severely,” the statement said.
The Russian Orthodox Church has apologized for showing a photo of its leader Patriarch Kirill in which a luxury watch he was wearing was airbrushed
The original photo, dated 3 July 2009, showed a meeting between Patriarch Kirill and Russian Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov. The photoshopped version appeared this month.
Despite the airbrushing the watch’s presence was given away by its reflection on a polished table top.
After heated debate about it in the Russian blogosphere the Patriarchate first removed the enlarged image from the site and then removed the image altogether.
Now the Patriarchate says the original image is back in its archive.
In February 2012 a photo of Patriarch Kirill meeting President Vladimir Putin – who was prime minister at the time – showed Kirill wearing the Breguet watch.
Last week Patriarch Kirill told a Russian interviewer, Vladimir Solovyov, that expensive watches were not part of his official attire. He admitted owning a Breguet watch, but said he kept it in its box.
Heavily airbrushed photographs of Demi Moore from the latest campaign for beauty brand Helena Rubinstein are released and it is appears that any such signs of stress have been entirely erased.
More than that, thanks to an over-zealous session with Photoshop and the omnipresent airbrush, the natural contours of Demi Moore’s face are gone: her strong, angular chin; the lines running from nose to mouth, the shape of her nose – all are entirely obliterated.
Demi Moore, 49, is all but unrecognizable. In her place is a bleached, smooth, line-free version of Demi Moore that looks more like a computer generated fembot than the familiar Hollywood actress with five decades under her belt.
Demi Moore almost unrecognizable after extreme airbrushing for Helena Rubinstein campaign
Life & Style Picture Editor Craig Gunn, who studied a digital version of the images, said: “This would have had been done by someone very expert and would have been at least a day’s work.
“Without seeing the original photographs I can only speculate. But it looks as though the skintone has been heavily airbrushed, with quite a thick application of the brush. Doing this gets rid of all pit marks, pores, moles, blemishes and fine hairs on the face to create a smoother look.”
After a marriage breakdown, severe weight loss and drug-related collapse, Demi Moore has been looking less than her best
“In Demi’s case, they have left nothing behind.
“In the process they’ve also taken out a lot of her natural skintone, and made her look a lot paler than she is in reality.
“She does have good cheekbones herself, but here it looks as though they have been heavily defined in after-effects. The shading underneath is quite clearly enhanced.
“Her natural hazel eyes have been changed to a light green – probably by changing the hue in Photoshop, a simple process that takes moments.
“It’s tricky to see exactly what liquefication she has had done (a process that reshapes and slims the shape of the face, making it look narrower) because the photographer has cleverly made Demi cover the jaw area using her hands.
“But it does look as though she may have had a slight reduction of scale of her face, including a smoothing of her chin into a more almond-like, less angular shape. Her chin bone is visible in normal photos but is not at all here.
“Such subtle changes would change the resulting face shape quite dramatically, even if individually each element is quite subtle.”
Regarding her flawless hairline, Craig Gunn says this too was more than likely created in Photoshop.
“There’s only so much they can do with hair and make up,” he says.
“And here they have clearly made the hairline look very symmetrical.
“She looks quite unlike her usual self. It’s a slightly alien effect. When you start taking away people’s skintones and smoothing out their features, they look like mannequins. You’re removing the human elements of the face.
“There’s no doubt it makes celebrities and models look younger, but you lose the essence of their face.
“Still, it’s commonplace in the beauty industry. It’s all about creating symmetry – but it’s a false beauty.”
A Photoshop alteration raised alarms over a pretty model in a burnt orange dress, who appeared to have had a run-in with a very heavy airbrush.
The devilishly bad piece of retouching at Simply Be left the brunette with an apparently freakishly clawed left hand, complete with six fingers and right-angled gashes.
Alongside the sharp digits, the unwitting model’s right hand was given a stumped, forked thumb.
As Vernon and the team at the Photoshop Disasters write: “On the upside, her dress is a lovely color, and the photo has made this model the most in-demand guest at all finer marshmallow and wienie roasts.”
The alteration begs the question of whether the rest of the image – including the dress for sale – has been unrealistically and misleadingly enhanced.
A devilishly bad piece of retouching at Simply Be left a model with an apparently freakishly clawed left hand, complete with six fingers and right-angled gashes
After the story made its way onto Jezebel, Simply Be quickly changed the image to something for more human and less ghoulish.
The kimono dress is now worn by a model who, the site acknowledges, is a “non-mutant” – and, thankfully, rather more attractive – version.
As if Photoshop hadn’t already had enough criticism of late, the blunder adds fuel to the anti-retouching lobby.
Moves to restrict the use of retouching on commercial images are gaining momentum, no thanks to the embarrassing backlash that airbrushing errors such as this creates.
On the basis of a poll that found that readers were increasingly feeling deceived by commercial images, Glamour magazine has just announced that it will ask commissioned photographers not to alter the shapes of models – even if a celebrity requests a ‘digital diet’.
No matter how beautiful or famous, celebrities and models alike regularly fall foul of over-zealous retouching – with some companies, such as Makeup Forever, increasingly making a point of only publicizing entirely unaltered images.