Unrealistic Photoshopped model causes controversy

Ralph Lauren Model Photo: photoshopdisasters.blogspot.com

Ralph Lauren Model Photo: photoshopdisasters.blogspot.com

A heavily edited image of an ultra-thin Ralph Lauren model sparked outrage, recently. Photoshop users beware. Originally commented on at BoingBoing.net, the post was labeled “Dude, her head’s bigger than her pelvis”.

Looks pretty ridiculous. So, how does the company explain this look? Ralph Lauren’s official apology was:

“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.”

After being fired the model, Filipa Hamilton, said “They fired me because they said I was overweight and I couldn’t fit in their clothes anymore.” She said that she was “shocked to see that super skinny girl with my face.” And yes, I agree with her when she says, “It’s very sad, I think, that Ralph Lauren could do something like that.”

Whatever the truth is – let’s figure out the image we want to portray, as humans. Do we want to look like this, anyways?