Down With Airbrushing! Ann Taylor’s incredible shrinking model

We’ve said before that we think Photoshop can be equally, if not more, damaging to women than the use of slimline models (after all, slim people do exist; Photoshopped ones don’t), so props to Jezebel for catching Ann Taylor red-handed in the act of Photoshopping this model almost out of existence.

The image on the left is the thumbnail that was shown on the Ann Taylor website earlier this week. The image on the right, meanwhile, is what you’d have seen if you’d clicked on that thumbnail – watch the already-slim model achieve a shape that probably doesn’t exist in nature before your very eyes, folks!

Ann Taylor have now removed the image from their site, but it still begs the question: why on earth was it there in the first place? Did no one look at this and think it looked just a little bit unnatural? And did the person in charge of Photoshop that day seriously look at the original image and think, “Jeez, this chic looks a bit podgy – better shave some inches off her!” Has the world actually gone mad? (Answer: people are still voluntarily wearing Crocs, so yes, it looks like it probably has.)

Down with airbrushing, we say. We don’t really care whether models are big or small, tall or short, black, white or anything in between: all we ask is that they at least look recognisably human. That shouldn’t be too much to ask, should it?

13 Comments

  • August 11, 2010

    CoutureCoco

    I couldn’t agree with you more. It’s got ridiculous.

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  • August 11, 2010

    The Caledonista

    Her arms look totally out of proportion in the second shot because her body’s not meant to be that small! How can people think that looks better than just showing a natural image? The world has indeed gone mad! x

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  • August 11, 2010

    Rebecca

    What I don’t get is that these big companies can’t afford to, or don’t bother to hire people who can airbrush their models in an even remotely realistic way. This does not hold up to scrutiny even WITHOUT the comparison. Jeez, guys.

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  • August 11, 2010

    Isabel

    That is not natural. Or normal!

    If you look closer, you can also see that, because of the way she’s standing, the “slim” version messes with her body’s line of symmetry–it turns it into her looking like she’s twisted…

    If they thought that she was too fat (and no, she’s NOT!), they should have at least made a better effort to make it look natural…

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    • August 11, 2010

      Isabel

      And I forgot to add: Can you imagine what this did to the MODEL? It could make her feel very insecure–can you imagine seeing that Photoshop was needed to ‘slim her down’ when she’s already quite thin?

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      • August 19, 2010

        Rock Hyrax

        That’s what I was thinking. Maybe the person in charge of the images had a grudge against her…

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  • August 11, 2010

    Daria

    OMG… -.-

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  • August 11, 2010

    Bethany

    They probably wanted to get rid of the wrinkles in the shirt and got carried away.

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  • August 12, 2010

    Aleutie

    I don’t know why did they even use a model? They can actually draw that realistic nowadays.

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  • August 12, 2010

    Maggie

    I so appreciate the righteous rage in this post! The model is already insanely skinny! I refuse to buy into “beauty” that isn’t even physically attainable.

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  • August 13, 2010

    Alison

    Photoshopping is way out of hand. Everyone and everything has to be photoshopped these days, and worse, it seems no one can do it right-yet everyone insists on doing it anyway.

    My fave photoshop was the cover of the U.S. “InStyle” magazine from the early 2000s. They put Ashley Judd on the cover, shot from the shoulders up with her head turned, and made her neck look about two feet long!

    I mean honestly, people get paid for this kind of work, so why can’t they learn to do it right?

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  • August 13, 2010

    Nina

    Ugh. Wrong! This model is thin and looks great in the first photo, who would be insane enough to photoshop her? The second pic looks gruesome and alien-like! Plus the shirt (which is the product that is supposed to be sold) looks good enought to buy in the first picture, but not in the second!

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  • August 15, 2010

    Spark

    Honestly.. when it’s just for touch ups or for atmosphere, I have no problem with airbrushing. Poorly done air-brushing, however, is too common.

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