Usually, the general public is aghast whenever a magazine airbrushes a model’s photo to make her appear thinner than real life. This time around, Japan’s Numero magazine is in hot water for apparently deciding to make model Karlie Kloss a little bit fatter than she really is.
The decision was made after the fact that her final photos showed too many bony angles and might spark a recurrence of the controversy over Kloss’ Italian Vogue photos last December. It was a last straw for an industry that has always been accused of setting impossibly high standards for female thinness and beauty. After that incident, where Thinspiration sites used Kloss’ photos to promote anorexia to the mainstream public, people called on fashion magazines to stop using painfully thin models like Kloss. The magazine took down the photos from their website when people started complaining.
It was the editor of Vogue Italia herself, Franca Sozzani, who said that the current standard to be as thin as you possibly can has serious consequences on adolescents’ confidence in their body image and their eating habits as well. She however defended Kloss by saying the model has a healthy body image and is not at all anorexic.
One can only wonder why Numero decided to use a model with a body type like Kloss’ when they’re afraid of incurring the ire of the public over her actual photos in the first place.
[ via Herald Sun ]