Much was said recently about 'that' image of Karlie Kloss that was taken down from the Vogue Italia website. While the press really went to town on the unhealthy portrayal of models argument, Kloss didn't seem to understand why the image was so controversial when asked about it this week. "To be honest, I don’t know why they pulled it off...I think they’re beautiful photos and I’m very proud of all of them,' she said. 'I’m happy with the results...I think that they’re photos that are hopefully going to become iconic.'
Italian Vogue editor, Franca Sozzani feels the same. This morning she took to her blog to discuss the issue and was quick to refute claims that the image had been heavily retouched, instead using the angle the image was shot to explain the model's thin waist. 'very few understand photography and don’t know about the viewpoint a body can be shot from,' she wrote. 'If the bust is imbalanced with respect to the pelvis and the picture is not frontal, the hips will look wider and the waist thinner.'
In the post, the editor explained then, that he decision to pull the image down was due to people wrongly labelling the image resulting into a huge debate rather than it being inherently bad. 'I did not remove the first picture from the site because I thought it set a bad example due to its thinness, but because I am aware of the fact that people can easily attach labels without thinking, so I believed I could avoid a pointless debate,' she explained. 'I made a mistake. I had to do what I thought was right, that is leave the picture and let everybody express their opinion freely. The picture is beautiful and that’s all.' She continued: 'I started my battle against pro-anorexia websites speaking as a layman and I would never want to set a bad example. But if in order to avoid doing "visible mistakes" I must give up on special and experimental pictures, I’d rather start photography courses to educate many people who work in this field who don’t know anything about the history of photography.'
Do you agree?