An unsuspecting J.Crew bikini model is about to realize three inches on the insides of her legs have mysteriously disappeared without a trace. The item even has a photoshop tool in its name, “Blurred Floral Triangle Halter Top,” though I suspect this rather overzealous job was performed utilizing a more virtual X-ACTO blade given its sharp and slightly bumpy edges.
Lately, I have been so pleasantly surprised that so many of the photoshop flops we have been writing about lately involve missing limbs, disconnected feet, pregnant lady amputation, and MS Painted-on bathing suits–even the last thigh gap disaster we witnessed with Miss Czech Republic was more hilarious than saddening. We’ve also been covering a whole lot of celebrity disasters like those involving Olivia Wilde for Lucky Magazine, Mariah Carey‘s new album cover, and even Prince George‘s royal photoshop treatment on the cover of Us, yet I still can’t help but feel the ones in ads are some of the most deceptive.
With advertisements for bikinis, and any clothing for that matter, we often see thin women running on the beach with giant grins (or at least posing sexily) and the message is always the same: if you buy this, you will look like a bikini model, thereby making you conventionally hot and attractive to onlookers. And it’s almost always wrong, because the vast majority of us are not bikini models (though I throw no shade to those of you who are, obvs). Adding in a whole other layer of “just pretend” to the ad makes it even more frustrating.
To be fair, models are apparently only sort of human anyway, so I suppose that means we can butcher their bodies with every photo editing software under the moon, right?
Just kidding, not really. Models are still human beings, and while most of us logically know that the images we see do not necessarily reflect upon what that human being actually looks like, they are still supposed to be representative of what society sees as beautiful. And if even the teensy, tiny percentage of folks who can have careers as models (a whole other issue in and of itself) are given even more barely-attainable–if not wholly unattainable–features, then what’s even the point of having such a narrow selection pool?
[h/t PS Disasters]