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?”
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)