Supermodel Karlie Kloss’ Ribs Photoshopped Out Of Her Numero Shoot

Remember when Karlie Kloss turned 18 and photographers were champing at the bit to get her clothes off? Soon after, Steven Meisel shot Kloss in her first-ever nude shoot–”Body By Kloss”–for Italian Vogue. Only problem was: one photo so emphasized Kloss’ thinness that it was removed from the editorial. After all, an image tailor-made for pro-ana websites conflicted with Italian Vogue EIC Franca Sozzani‘s crusade against them.

It appears Numero has learned from Vogue‘s mistakes, though, and instead of running with an image of Kloss looking noticeably thin they… simply removed her ribs! Behold a shot from Kloss’ new Greg Kadel-shot editorial:

According to Fashion Copious, the image at left is being distributed by Kadel’s studio, while the image at right is being distributed by Numero. As Shift recently explored, photoshopping models to look less thin has become increasingly common.

At the same time, with abdomen thrown forward, shoulders back and arms in the air, plenty of peoples’ ribs would show. Which is to say, we don’t think the image is quite as dramatic in its focus on Kloss’ thinness as the one removed from Vogue. …But the issue here isn’t really which image is more dramatic, the issue is hiring a very thin model and then digitally smoothing out the contours of her very thin body. At what point do magazines ask themselves, “Why hire such thin models?”


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UPDATE: Kadel responds in a statement to The Cut:

It was Greg’s desire to represent Karlie as she naturally is … slender, athletic and beautiful. That is why he released the images as he intended them to be seen by the public. He is shocked and dismayed that unbeknownst to him, Numéro took it upon themselves to airbrush over his original images. Greg stands by his original artwork and cannot stress enough that he not only was unaware of the magazine’s retouching but also finds the airbrushing of Karlie unacceptable and unnecessary.

(FC has the NSFW original)

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    • anya

      seriously?! 80% of people thought they should have used the original photo?! this picture is far worse than Vogue Italia’s! It’s completely glorifying anorexia!

      • krissy

        I couldn’t disagree more, I think we need to more untouched pictures in magazines to show that women come in all shapes and sizes, even the skinny ones. Removing bones is the same as removing freckles, it really takes away from the beauty of the individual and tends to make people look like aliens. I think using a picture of someone in that particular pose where most people’s ribs would stick out and then distorting the image to take out the ribs is more a mindf**k, it makes her look overall MUCH tinier/skinnier than the photo with her ribs showing.

      • anya

        I don’t think so. I understand not photoshopping and yes we should have all types of bodies in magazines. In my opinion, it means temporarily moving away from this skinny image to include healthier looking shapes. This is not “all shapes and sizes” this is the SAME shape and size we are used to seeing. I don’t consider self-starvation to be “beautiful”. I’m a size 0 so im not skinny shaming her but as a college student I can say this would definetly affect young girls. This is just perpetuaing the stereotype that only thin, young girls are beautiful. I understand the message this post is trying to convey but I only think it can truly be done if they use other models.

      • Fabel

        to anya, I think that is the crux of it, though (the reason why most people were anti-photoshopping this image). Because, why even use a model like Karlie, pose her that way, with nothing covering her torso, only to erase her ribcage?

      • frenchhousewife

        I voted that their actions were “lame,” but not because I think they should have used the original picture; I think they shouldn’t have hired her in the first place.

    • Lauren

      Really stupid, this is like the opposite of fat-shaming, skinny girls have ribs, hell, I have rolls and I can make my ribs look like that in some stretches. Get over it, anything can be thinspo bait! Stop killing art because people have emotional problems!

      • LCT

        Completely agree.

        And to be honest, this is really nice to see, as another naturally skinny gal. I’ve been self-conscious for much of my life about my frame, because all the models I ever saw in magazines were totally smooth and had flesh in all the right places, while I was just a bony, gangly, awkward girl who looked like a boy.

        I vote that we all learn to appreciate our bodies for the awesome things they are, and that the media gets on board with us.

    • scallywag

      Why then the continual use, promotion and glorification of a body type that is obtainable by a small percentage of individuals? Why are we subjecting anyone to this herd behavior that one has to approximate to certain standards? It is clear that Numero magazine as well as Vogue Italia were and are aware of the fallacy behind these body types (the reason why Numero chose to airbrush Karlies image, and Vogue chose to remove their images of Karlie after they appeared on a pro-anorexic site.)

    • anon

      Karlie is a beautiful girl, a talented model, and a vivacious, goodhearted young woman. But even as someone in this industry, I fail to understand why there is such an obsessive fascination with her. Especially publications and designers who have taken a stand for improved health and working conditions of models. Sure, it’s completely natural for some, albeit very few, women to have a frame as long and lean as Karlie’s. But nobody in good health has such protruding bones. Karlie’s state of health is completely her business, but it’s very disheartening to see images like such being touted as ‘art.’ All parties involved should be ashamed.

      • James

        Speaking of “the industry,” Karlie’s battle with anorexia is well known throughout it.

        This is completely irresponsible.

    • Cody

      How anyone can defend such a portrayal as art or beautiful or whatever else is completely beyond me. What kind of message is this … ?! She looks weak, starved, unhealthy. Very sad, really to put a body ideal like this out there. Who would want to look like that and why?!?!

    • anonymous

      Fashion is a form of art; art is something that celebrates the creative and free flow of ideas. I guess it’s only fair to accept that apparently some creative persons’ idea of art is the image of a very starved woman. Doesn’t mean it’s right.
      Even as someone with anorexia herself, and with a brain that idealizes extreme thinness, I cannot look at this photo. It saddens me to see this image be sensationalized and celebrated when she looks like many of the girls with whom I was in the hospital. They had nasogastric feeding tubes and were on the brink of death. That’s not art, that’s hell. I am not in any way implying Karlie faces a similar life and death battle as eating disorders go much deeper than the physical, but the fact that she even resembles a very ill person is a reflection of how sick and twisted society and fashion’s idea of perfection is.
      Wake up. It’s killing people.

    • anom

      Karlie Kloss looks like crap and is a piece of shit. I hate that she is famous.