Fashion stars' feelings on photo editing
“It’s not a big deal; maybe they just wanted it a little bit more airbrushed-looking, and that’s their style,” Sports Illustrated model Hannah Davis recently shrugged to Health magazine, admitting she's had her face "smoothed out" for a photoshoot before.
Retouching has been a hot debate in the fashion world for some time now, with models either supporting or blasting editors for transforming their appearance.
Like Hannah, Victoria's Secret Angel Erin Heatherton has also acknowledged that retouching comes with the job. And being someone who regularly poses in skimpy lingerie and bikinis, she's no stranger to having her pictures altered to sell a brand.
“This is what happens when you do a photoshoot; retouching is an essential part of our job, you know," she previously told fashionista.com. "We’re not selling reality; we’re selling a story. It’s all about creating this fantasy. And I don’t think people should confuse fantasy and reality because no one is perfect.”
Designer Tom Ford took things a step further when he voiced his support for software like Photoshop, admitting he's surprised people don't expect pictures to be edited as it's a well-known procedure in the world of fashion. But Tom doesn't see it as a model being altered, rather it's making the final image an idealistic one in order to - like Erin commented - "communicate a dream".
"In the '50s, they certainly slimmed them down," he argued to WWD. "In the old days, (model) Lauren Hutton would pop her extra tooth in (her gap). Now we do it with computers. This is not new. A photograph used for advertising is no longer a photograph of a person."
These are all valid points made by some of fashion's most elite names, but not everyone agrees with the idea of selling a false image. Former VS model Nicole Weider began her career at 17 when she moved to Los Angeles and was quickly taken aback by how altered images were for promotional use. It was her job as a body double on a commercial where she first saw an assistant heavily retouching all the photos, and it was this experience which changed her entire outlook on modelling.
Today's stars are just as wary of their photos being dramatically changed, with model-and-actress Cara Delevingne admitting there's not much left of the real her in some heavily retouched pictures.
Chrissy Teigen is famed for her curves and outspoken nature, so it's no surprise she got involved with the debate in 2015 by posting a photo of her heavily bruised leg from bumping it on a drawer. It wasn't just the injuries that caught fans' eyes though; stretch marks also appeared visible.
"I was actually just taking a picture of the bruises and then I saw the stretch marks in there. I have those apps, the Facetune and Photoshopping ones, and I just didn't feel like doing it anymore - and I'm never doing it again, because I think we forgot what normal people look like now," she explained to talk show host Meredith Vieira.
"I mean, people are nip-tucking (their photos). It's gotten to the point where they're not smoothing their skin anymore, they are actually changing the shape of their body and everybody else. Nobody can compare to that when you're fixing yourself so much. It's so unfair."
What the future holds is unsure, but we suspect with diversity in fashion being another hot topic at the moment, editing will continue to divide opinions.