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September 24, 2010
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Marion Cotillard Completely Unretouched For Italian Vanity Fair

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French ELLE were amongt the first to do it, and now other magazines seem to be following suit on the unretouched bandwagon. The latest cover of Vanity Fair Italy sees a completely unretouched Marion Cotillard shot by Bruce Weber.

What do you think about the cover?

July 12, 2010
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Quote Me: Inez Van Lamsweerde Isn't A Fan Of Retouching


I can't say that I like it when an image is retouched to death, or when the person doesn't look like themselves any more. When it comes to retouching wrinkles, we try to be as conservative as possible. But it is part of our culture now: we have all become avatars.

She told the Guardian UK

May 08, 2010
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All Is Not What It Seems On Sarah Jessica Parker's Marie Claire Cover

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Kim Kardashian and Madonna have fallen victim to it and now Sarah Jessica Parker is the latest to join the group of celebrities who have had their unretouched images leaked. Jezebel leaked this image to show the amount of work down on the actress' hand.

Are you suprised?

October 17, 2009
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Was Ralph Lauren’s Filippa Hamilton-Palmstierna Sacked For Being Too Fat?

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Ralph Lauren’s Blue Label advert, featuring the 5ft 8inch, 120 pound Filippa Hamilton–Palmstierna with a distorted, unrecognisable body, was probably the result of an overzealous Photoshoper. Although the team at Ralph Lauren has taken responsibility for the image, saying: "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…”, the second ad on the right, from Australia, has also been shared around various social blogs, sparking off more bad press.

And to make matters worse for the American brand, in April, Hamilton-Palmstierna was sacked after four years with the firm, for, according to her, gaining too much weight. Ralph Lauren, however, claims she was fired "as a result of her inability to meet the obligations under her contract with us." As Hamilton-Palmstierna apparently put on no extra weight from when she initially started, it’s debatable who’s in the wrong… we’ll let you decide.

August 25, 2009
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David Bailey Against Airbrushing

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Renowned 60’s Vogue photographer, David Baily, has joined the likes of editor Katie Grand and German fashion photographer, Peter Lindbergh in their aversion to heavy retouching.

David Bailey said: “D’you know any model over the age of 23 has to be touched up these days. Twenty-three? It’s f*cking ridiculous but that’s what you have to do for American Vogue and it’s getting to be the same over here [in England]. They want shoots that look like a shop window in Knightsbridge. They always have the same kind of dead-looking girls. It isn’t interesting and the girls aren’t interesting. Because they aren’t girls. They’re androids. Airbrushed and cleaned up and not real.”

August 12, 2009
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Is Photoshopping Magazines Like Deleting Bad Vacation Pictures?

Kelly Clarkson's cover shot for the September issue of Self magazine was Photoshopped - editor Lucy Danziger admitted as much last week. When the internet took up the debate over Clarkson's retouching, Danziger blogged to defend the magazine's choice.

She likened the digital enhancing to tossing out bad vacation pictures. "I keep the pix that show us all happy and glowing and laughing and playing, not the ones where we are scowling or hungry or tired," she wrote. Danziger then admitted that, when she ran a photo of herself five years ago after completing a marathon, she had her hips trimmed because her body didn't look the way she wanted in every shot.

It's not news that magazines alter celebrity images, but we'd like your take on this vacation-photo analogy. Is that a fair comparison, or are magazines doing it for another reason?

June 11, 2009
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Scarlett Johansson Goes Bare For French ELLE

Scarlett Johansson is the latest star to cover French ELLE with absolutely no make-up. Nada...zilch. The latest cover comes after the magazine received a resounding positive response from their recent makeup-less covers with Eva Herzigova and Monica Bellucci.

Does this signal a change in the magazine industry with retouching on covers? What do you think?

April 13, 2009
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French ELLE Goes Back-to-Basics

French ELLE managed to bag supermodel Eva Herzigova, Sophie Marceau and Monica Bellucci to cover their April issue. But this isn't just any other cover. None of the covers are retouched and the none of the women wear a drop of make-up.

I'm still trying to work out why they all still look so amazing. Hopefully this will make the industry think about the amount of retouching they use, particularly after the awful photoshop used on Halle Berry's Harper's Bazaar cover.

April 06, 2009
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Oh Madonna, How You Deceive Us

These unretouched images of Madonna have just surfaced. The pictures speak for themselves.

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