How Photoshop Failed Us Yet Again

You might have noticed a trend here – we’re enraged by Photoshopped thigh gaps and mutated models. Unfortunately, as strong as our feelings can get on the matter, many major companies still haven’t gotten the memo. Not only do these photos still exist, but they continue to be newsworthy. Perhaps websites are starting to wonder if the best way to get press is to create images so unnatural that people report on them. After all – any press is better than no press, right?

The latest offender is, who put images of a beautiful model in what they call a “Noble Lace-up Back Floral Embroidered Under-bust Corset Blue”. We’re fully aware of the discomfort a corset brings, but this model wears it like a pro. The problem? Check out her surroundings, and the warped photo behind her. The terrible Photoshop work transforms her into a shape that Barbie herself might cringe at.


The pro? Well, now I’ve heard of However, it doesn’t expand any type of urge to actually buy from them. Models should come in all shapes and sizes, but they shouldn’t be chopped to pieces in order to achieve unrealistic proportions. By posting pictures like this, it gives the unrealistic expectation that this is what you’ll look like when you buy the corset. This model is gorgeous, and even without seeing the original photos, I can guarantee you that nothing needed to be changed.

Honestly, the corset-buying women of today probably wants to see what it really looks like when it’s on. We’re smart enough to know how we feel when we wear clothes. We’ve morphed to a level where we’re self aware, and we’re coming to terms with the facts that a piece of clothing can help boost our moods, but only a strong sense of self confidence will make us sexy.

While thigh gaps dominated the headlines recently, we have to remember that these photos are morphed all over the place. The person in charge of editing these images is awkwardly slimming from the waist, the upper arms, the legs, and the shoulders as well. Also, this issue isn’t just towards women – men are also prime targets. For example, check out this Belstaff model, whose showing off the Ronnie Jacket in Vintage Leather. At $1,495, it’s a total steal! (Note: My clothes proudly comes from the Old Navy clearance rack, so that was just a joke.)


Anyone else notice he’s missing a hand? Judging by the other photos, he definitely has two – and isn’t wearing some type of invisible glove. In fact, instead of a hand, it looks like he has an awkward extra pocket of detached shirt. Isn’t this mistake blatantly obvious? Was it created to thin out his arms, or maybe his hips? Would someone actually withhold spending over a grand for a jacket if the model wasn’t thinned out to totally imperfect “perfection”?

Here’s some good news – in 2013, Verily magazine decided to stop Photoshopping their models all together. As Verily’s Ashley Crouch told the Huffington Post in an interview, the magazine’s co-founders Kara Eschbach and Janet Sahm believe that “the unique features of women, whether crows feet, freckles, or a less-than-rock-hard body, are aspects that contribute to women’s beauty and should be celebrated — not shamed, changed or removed.” Kara, Janet and Ashley? You girls rock. If more ads followed similar guidelines, we won’t have to worry about children getting the wrong idea about beauty. Short, tall, thin, heavyset, filled with freckles and cellulite or not – at least we’ll know that they’re looking at real people.

Image Credits: Wholesale, Belstaff, Featured

  • Kelli Keith

    The male model has his hand in his pocket. On the larger photo, you can clearly see the outline of his phalanges. (I do agree with the basic point in your article. Real is more beautiful than Photoshop ever will be.)

  • Rosemary Snyder

    I used to work for a famous lingerie retailer. I saw the photos before they were photoshopped and let me tell you something. You know how the models ALWAYS have amazing cleavage even though the outfit is too flimsy to offer any support? Well during the shoot, the models are wearing push up bras, but they photoshop them out after the fact. It took me three days to get over the shock. Then I started looking for a new job. Ugh.

  • Chris Daniela Thomas

    I can clearly see the hand of the male model in his pocket. This one was the photographers fault.. in my opinion. The first one is clearly a disaster.

  • Natalie Morris

    You should retract your negative statement regarding Belstaff: I agree with the comments below, the hand is clearly in the pocket.

  • Karen Belz

    Regarding the jacket: I just think it looks a bit off, especially in comparison to the other photos on the website. It looked like (to me, at least) they were aiming to make it look as if his hand was in his pocket, yet something went wrong. The coloring close to his hand isn’t from a jacket liner. If I’m mistaken, I do apologize – but to me, it looks like it’s been edited. The jacket itself is quite lovely.

  • Analiza Juliet Boehning

    When you look closer it does look like his hand in his pocket, I guess it just kinda looks weird or like they cut out his hand.

  • Megan Bybee

    They photoshopped the jacket onto the fellow, they didn’t try to change his body. You can see pretty obviously that in the original image he has his hand in his pocket.

  • Nichole Nyga-Henderson

    The photo of the male wearing the blue jacket, there is nothing photo shopped about his hand. That area is the same color as the shirt he is wearing under the jacket. He just has the sleave pulled down far enough that it is covering his hand in his pocket.

  • Zoe Armstrong

    It’s his sleeve cuff hanging down lower than the jacket cuff!

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