One of the biggest issues I have seen in the fashion industry lately is the question of photoshopping models in ads and campaigns. Recently people have been rebelling against the use of retouching and editing photos, claiming that it destroys the self-esteem of girls everywhere. In alignment with their “Body Peace Treaty,” and at the urging of a reader (in the form of an online petition), Seventeen took a “no-Photoshop pledge” in which they vowed not to airbrush models or change their body shapes. All this is supposed to support a positive body image in young girls who look up to such models.
But I say, let them be fake. Fashion is not a manual. Fashion is fantasy. It’s fictional. Fashion is made up. One of the most beautiful things about fashion is that it is unrestricted by reality. So why should models be restricted by those rules?
In today’s media, nothing is what it appears to be. Fashion magazines should not be an exception just because we’re scared of hurting girls’ feelings. If you want models to be “real,” then they should be standing in front of the camera with no makeup.
I say airbrush all you want. If that means glazing over one pimple, then great. If it means stretching out a girl’s limbs to twice their length, wonderful.
Fashion is about clothing. The model’s job is to make the clothing look good. If you’re worried about hurting girls’ body images, put a line on the photo saying that is was edited and that the model does not really look like that. After that, it’s up to the readers to create their own images of beauty.
It’s kind of amazing that people are so apathetic towards important things and so sensitive to things that shouldn’t matter at all.
I imagine this post won’t be met with much applause or enthusiasm. Oh well.
Keep it classy