• Fri, Jun 14 2013

If You Pledge To Quit Photoshopping, Maybe You Shouldn’t Point Out The Model’s Flaws

In some ways, Photoshopping has made our lives better. I know that I use it when I notice a blemish in one of my hundreds of “selfies,” and immediately reach for the magic wand. You can’t post a photo of you rocking a zit on Instagram unless, of course, you have named that zit, and accepted it as a temporary part of your life. Personally, I like Beatrice as a name for a zit.

And so, once again in the name of being body positive, a British retailer named Debenhams is vowing to no longer get overly zealous with the Photoshopping. Instead, they’re going to keep it real and limit it to just “fixing stray hairs and pigmentation.” I wonder if zits named Beatrice fall under pigmentation?

As everyone does in this crazy world of social media, the company took to Facebook to make this bold announcement with the photo you see above. Thoughts?

Before presenting the photo, they prefaced it with the following statement:

“We’re showing our commitment to encouraging positive body-image by using un-airbrushed lingerie photography.”

OK, great, but can someone tell me why exactly anyone would even want to airbrush this model? With all those “imperfections” pointed out, it looks like the type of torture sororities (at least at my university) would inflict on pledges as a means of humiliation. HOW WILL YOU SCORE WITH OUR NEIGHBORING FRAT BOYS IF YOU’RE NOT A SIZE ZERO, BITCHES? Rebecca Martinson would, naturally, lead this fight.

They’d like to see other retailers follow their lead, but I can’t help — and granted, I haven’t had my mass amounts of daily coffee yet — be slightly irked that they chose to show what, at least by society standards, is “wrong” with this model. It seems bizarrely backhanded to me, but yet strangely informative. At least now I know, my perpetual bed-head is not what anyone wants to see, and I need to take to owning a brush after all. I’ve never owned a brush, you guys. Does anyone with curly hair?

Photo: Facebook

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  • http://helloalle.com/ Alle

    I remember an article in some ladymag a long time ago about (and written by) Aisha Tyler. It was all about how she was going on this photo shoot where she would be in a bikini? Underwear? Either way, she’d not be wearing a lot of clothing. She was like “I worked out, I felt great, I was nervous but psyched to see the pictures.”

    Then she asked to see how they would be retouched. And it was EVERYTHING, from fixing the “thickness” of her hair to “adjusting” her bustline to removing those funny little armpit bulges we all get sometimes. And she was like, shit, for something about body confidence, this was making me feel VERY UNCONFIDENT.

    The magazine published the unretouched and the retouched pictures side by side, and it was really surprising. Because they really DID do something to everything, even though the original picture was totally gorgeous.

    This is a very long way to say, I feel like probably this is what Debs was trying to do in this picture–trying to show people that even the things that you wouldn’t think have been photoshopped actually have. It’s not pointing out flaws as much as it’s pointing out what goes into the advertising sausage that we’re sold. I never thought that collarbones would need to be “smoothed out” or those bumps where you can see ribs on your chest removed until it happened to me, so I don’t know, it’s educational.

  • RM

    I feel like I’ve been looking at uber-photoshopped models for so long, I have no idea what is normal any more. I look at myself in the mirror and think my skin is supposed to be all smooth and flawless like that, too. It’s not even a self-image thing, it’s more…I’ve forgotten what people look like.

    • Eileen

      Right? Real people have pores? Who knew!

  • Alyssa

    I think it’s OK to photoshop flyaways if they’re distracting and flaws in the clothing (such as wrinkles and loose threads) but not the actual body of the model. I just don’t get why they pay these girls so much to look good and then just change the way they look anyways…

  • Holly

    “Remove crease”