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Ralph Lauren Rep Apologizes For Photoshopping Model

When controversy erupted over an image for Ralph Lauren's Blue Label — model Filippa Hamilton's body appeared to have been digitally retouched, so that she looked bobble-headed and emaciated — I was convinced that the image wasn't the original ad. I was sure that it had been retouched by one of those "thinspirational" proanorexia blogs you hear about which feature models Photoshopped, so that they look like Holocaust victims.

Wow, was I wrong. A spokesperson for Ralph Lauren made this comment about the controversial image:

"For over 42 years, we have built a brand based on quality and integrity. After further investigation, we have learned that we are responsible for the poor imaging and retouching that resulted in a very distorted image of a woman’s body. We have addressed the problem and going forward will take every precaution to ensure that the caliber of our artwork represents our brand appropriately."

Website Boing Boing was first to criticize the image by saying, "Dude, her head's bigger than her pelvis." When Ralph Lauren asked them to take the image down, claiming copyright infringement, they refused, citing fair use laws that that allow for the reproduction of images "for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting."

Maybe this will be a message to the cabal of Photoshoppers gone wild who don't seem to recognize that they're contributing to the unrealistic body images that make normal women feel inadequate. When an uberthin model isn't thin enough for the fashion industry, something is seriously wrong.

Image Source: WireImage
CorkinCokeACola CorkinCokeACola 8 years
** Kind of.
CorkinCokeACola CorkinCokeACola 8 years
For Halloween? Hopefully, it is kind creepy looking. She was much prettier in the first one.
sugajen sugajen 8 years
umm from the comments. Raulph Lauren needs to reevaluate the female perspective. We don't think skeletons are hot. Size 2 is plenty thin enough
danizzle danizzle 8 years
they photoshopped her so much b/c they told her she was getting fat and then they fired her!!!!! she is so beautiful and has an amazing body, shame on ralph lauren
pink-elephant pink-elephant 8 years
What was so wrong with her figure before that they thought they needed to photoshop her...the picture of her on the left just makes her look like a freak.
notinthemood notinthemood 8 years
Maybe they were going for "starving-recessionista-just-climbed-out-of-the-dumpster"? What a joke... all attention is good attention in advertizing!
jkat jkat 8 years
Makes me wonder if this was "accidentally on purpose." Nothing creates a nice buzz like a scandal...and what is more scandalous (and yet consistent) in the fashion industry these days than an model's thighs? I think someone at RL got a raise and a promotion for this because an entirely different audience and media demographic is seeign this and talking about RL. People might say the talk is negative, but we all know at the end of the day that buzz is buzz.
outofhere outofhere 8 years
I think it's safe to say that every picture we see in the media has been photo shopped. Half the time I can't even recognize the person on the cover because their face or body has been changed to the extreme. The whole thing irks me. I don't mind a little bit of touching up but when it comes to changing women to look like this..... :rant: The tool on photoshop that is used to do this to women is called the 'distort tool' - how appropriate .
BeamerCG BeamerCG 8 years
The photo looks photoshopped. What's wrong with normal sized women? Seeing things like this makes me have more respect for Dove that uses normal sized women. I don't worry about myself esteem, but I worry about when I start having kids.
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