There has been lots of discussion about Bruce Jenner this week following his interview with Diane Sawyer where he confirmed he was transitioning. Bruce received positive support from his family members and from the public including men who started painting their nails to show solidarity for Bruce. Designer Diane Von Furstenberg joined the dialogue by uploading a picture of Bruce Jenner’s head photoshopped onto the body of a woman wearing a dress.
Diane posted the image on Instagram. The black-and-white photo was from a 1974 advertisement promoting Diane’s iconic wrap dress according to Us Weekly. The female model in the original photo was actually Diane. (You can see the photoshopped pic on Hollywood Life.) Diane captioned the photo:
“Bruce Jenner… You are the woman you wanted to be ! I salute your strength, courage and honesty. By speaking out, you have spoken for so many who suffer .. … Love Diane @kimkardashian @kendeljenner”
Social media users were quick to criticize the photo. The post wasn’t as ridiculous as Alice Eve‘s comments about Bruce “playing at being a woman” or the Photoshopped tabloid cover of Bruce wearing makeup but it was still a head-scratching tribute. It felt a bit weird that Diane felt the need to photoshop Bruce’s head onto a woman’s body, especially a body showcasing a dress of her own design. Why couldn’t she just post a regular photo of him? Diane eventually deleted the Instagram post.
After the questionable photo began to circulate the internet Diane spoke out in a statement to Access Hollywood:
“I admire Bruce Jenners’s strength, courage and honesty and have so much respect for him using his voice to speak for people who have none. I wish him nothing but a lifetime of happiness.”
Diane may have meant well with the photo but her support seemed to have been lost in translation/because of the Photoshop. Bruce has not come out publicly wearing dresses so to be photoshopping him into one felt weird. It’s odd to photoshop a person into any sort of photo and in a case like this isn’t even more confusing. Plus, tagging Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner (even though her named was misspelled) was also mystifying. It’s great that many people want to show support for Bruce but using Photoshop isn’t the best way to do it.
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