Christiane ArpI know, I know. I’m supposed to be really excited that Vogue didn’t use Photoshop and ran a completely “unvarnished, unadulterated, pure” photo shoot from Peter Lindbergh. I promise, I really do appreciate it when a magazine chooses to forgo all the crazy retouching and curve-smoothing (or eliminating) that normally happens in mags.

But does anyone else feel like all this gratuitous nudity is a little like when plus-size models are constantly photographed without their clothes on?

Instead of just letting models go unretouched, we have to create this huge fanfare about the bravery of nudity without photo editing.

This wasn’t a fashion spread, it was an exercise in beautiful photography. For one thing, there’s barely any clothes. The shoot used not just models, but also actors and the Editor-In-Chief herself, Christiane Arp. It’s gorgeous, but it doesn’t change anything about the use of retouching and Photoshop in the fashion industry.

The whole point of this photo spread is that it doesn’t use Photoshop. That’s nice, but it’s not the same thing as embracing realistic images in your magazine as an everyday practice. These naked ladies in all their real-life glory are the exception, not the rule. And that makes the whole thing ring a little hollow to me.

(via Jezebel)

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