Supermodel Karlie Kloss was photoshopped to look less thin for a Numero campaign. There are so many things wrong with this. Models are forced to be incredibly thin to fit a certain aesthetic, but when they do, they’re so emaciated that they have to be photoshopped to not look sick.Robin Hardy, a former creative director at Vogue, has commented on the practice of photoshopping to cover up the aesthetic and health costs of extreme thinness:
“At the time, when we pored over the raw images, creating the appearance of smooth flesh over protruding ribs, softening the look of collarbones that stuck out like coat hangers, adding curves to flat bottoms and cleavage to pigeon chests, we felt we were doing the right thing…
But now, I wonder. Because for all our retouching, it was still clear to the reader that these women were very, very thin. But, hey, they still looked great!
They had 22-inch waists (those were never made bigger), but they also had breasts and great skin. They had teeny tiny ankles and thin thighs, but they still had luscious hair and full cheeks.
Thanks to retouching, our readers… never saw the horrible, hungry downside of skinny. That these underweight girls didn’t look glamorous in the flesh. Their skeletal bodies, dull, thinning hair, spots and dark circles under their eyes were magicked away by technology, leaving only the allure of coltish limbs and Bambi eyes.”
Anonymous asked: could you give any advice on staying confident
My best advice is to find the fine line between things you can change and things you have to accept, and then walk on both sides of that line with a sense of humor.
For instance, my confidence comes from wearing clothes I feel good about, which is something you can change and build and redevelop. But in order to feel confident about clothes I like, I have to feel confident about the body I have. Like I’m almost 6’ and I’m a bigger girl and I actually dwarf people when I stand next to them, which has taken me YEARS to get over. But I know that I can’t change my height and I can’t change my body and frankly I don’t want to change my body, so I have to accept that this is who I am and that is okay.
And if I ever feel uncomfortable I just laugh about it because if I can find humor in my flaws then no one can touch me. Instead of falling into the mindset of “wow, I look like a cave troll,” I’m like “wow, I am the same size as a baby giraffe basically and that is fucking bad ass, do not cross me or I will beat you to death with my absurdly long neck” or whatever.
Find something you can change about yourself and change it with vigor, but hold onto the things you can’t change and know that they are an integral part of you and they do not make you a lesser person.