Earlier today we got to check out some crazy hot photos from Karlie Kloss‘s Numéro Magazine shoot. A few comments have already been made about the model’s teeny tiny frame and those comments echo many others made by the general public, fashionistas, and magazine editors alike. Now we’re learning that Numéro Magazine has released new images of the model, after people reacted strongly to a topless photo of Karlie where her rib cage is protruding. Editors photoshopped new photos to soften the area around Karlie‘s rib cage and collar bone to make her look less skinny, if you can believe it. Check out the new NSFW photos (before and after) inside.
Karlie Kloss Before
Karlie Kloss After
And here’s a side-by-side that Fashionista put up:
If you thought that provocative spread of Karlie Kloss posing nude for Numéro was a little light on BMI and heavy on the ribs, you weren’t alone. Turns out the folks of the photo editing team at the glossy felt the same way and decided to take matters into their own mouses (mice?).
As Fashion Copious pointed out, the photos released yesterday by photographer Greg Kadel’s studio show Karlie with a whole lot more visible ribs and collarbones, than the spread the magazine is actually printing. Maybe Numéro is trying to avoid a boney-body backlash, like the one caused by Karlie’s nudie spread in Vogue Italia last year, which wound up appearing on a variety of pro-Anorexia sites. But if visible ribs are such a big deal, why do mags continue to feature stick-thin models in their editorials?
Even though this isn’t your typical photoshop fail (those usually involve making a model look thinner, not the other way around), it still presents an unrealistic image–one of a body that is extremely thin, and yet somehow totally smooth, with no protruding bones. Which is why we think it’s always best to depict these ladies (relatively) unaltered. Talk about ‘playing god’–removing Karlie’s ribs was truly a retouching job of biblical proportions.
Read more at Fashionista.
I agree with everyone else who says that Karlie looks insanely skinny. However, I rarely see a model that doesn’t look insanely skinny! Is Karlie skinnier than the other crazy skinny models? I guess so. But I also thought that particular pose didn’t help any, in terms of putting her rib-cage on display. I also haaate to talk about anybody’s weight as a negative. We’ve got plenty of that going ’round.
I really like that Fashionista was kind of like, let’s not photoshop anyone (I also love their clever Adam & Eve reference, lol). Let’s not photoshop people to make them look thinner and let’s not photoshop people to make them appear less thin. Let the women be! And let’s not complain about Karlie unless we’re going to complain about every single other model in the industry. They’re alllll crazy skinny. The ones who aren’t are called ‘plus-sized models. And people complain that they’re not big enough or that they’re photoshopped like cray.
If you’re looking for healthy positive body image in the fashion industry, I think you’re lookin’ in the wrong place. The important thing, IMO, about the weight of the models is that young women and older women and young men and older men understand that models are amazing and beautiful… and they do not represent every woman; they’re not supposed to (no woman is, actually).
Perhaps it would help if we had more exposure to models of different sizes. I love, love love this tumblr that PITNBR PeaButNutter posted on the Karlie Kloss story! Robyn Lawley is a plus-sized model who changed my life on that Vogue Italia shoot back in the day, and young women (and older women and young men and older men) should be seeing more of her. So here ya go:
However, I was a young girl once. And young girls need exposure to many, many images– many representations of womanhood, via books, magazines, films, historical narratives, everything– to develop an idea of self and self-image. No young girl should be left looking solely to models (really– models?!) to define herself and her beauty. So if every magazine in the world never ever uses a model bigger than Karlie Kloss that should not be the end of positive girl/womanhood! We have many examples of beauty and–more importantly– intelligence and general awesomeness in women everywhere; we just have to expose those things. Let’s not leave it up to the supermodels of the world (as cool as they are… lol) to set the standards for, well, anything! They’re just models. Not our moms, not our teachers, or professors, or cultural theorists. They’re not the Brontës. They’re models. And although they ‘represent’ so much more, they can only do that if we let them. I say, we let them be models (for fashion, not for life).
What do y’all think? Was Numéro right for photoshopping the image of Karlie Kloss? Or is there a much bigger problem with an industry that encourages women to be this tiny?