Posted by Lindsay Dressen
Most of us know that the photos in magazines are retouched and photoshopped to the nth degree. Jennifer Aniston was featured on the February cover of Allure not exactly looking like herself.
Aniston is known for her natural, girl- next-door beauty and has been featured on many magazine covers over the years. The cover and inside photos in Allure are retouched to the point where she looks somewhat inhuman.
Writer Justin Fenner of Styleite says, “the eyes were the first and biggest tip off.” He says Aniston actually has brown eyes, but Allure photoshopped her eyes to be a shade of turquoise. In one of the inside photos with her stomach exposed, her nose and mouth look distorted.
Michael K of Dlisted says it looks as if the art director was “a pedophile with a Snuggle Bear fetish.” The setting and retouching of this photo shoot has gotten press, but not the type Allure or Aniston were hoping for.
Fenner refers to her as a “Barbie doll hybrid.” She is very misrepresented in these photos. Most think it’s shocking Aniston would have approved these photos before they ran to press, but mishaps of over photoshopped photos happen often. Celebrities and models normally don’t say about what runs to press.
Last summer, Lance Armstrong was featured on the cover of Outside magazine. Whitney Pastorek, writer at Entertainment Weekly, says that Outside Magazine added a “38. BFD” to Armstrong’s plain blue shirt. 38 stands for his age, while BFD is an acronym for big f—ing deal, according to The Huffington Post. He tweeted, ”Just saw the cover of the new Outside mag w/ yours truly on it. Nice photoshop on a plain t-shirt guys. That’s some lame bullshit. #weak.”
This makes me question the ethics of Photoshop. I’m sure Armstrong is wondering too. Outside put “Note: Not Armstrong’s real T-Shirt” on the cover as a disclosure. Does this justify the change to the image of his t-shirt? Why did Outside Magazine need to create the shirt? Why didn’t they ask him to wear it for the shoot? Seems to me they would have been shot down.
You can remove something from a background or add something that appears to be real, how is that ethical? What is your stance on adding or subtracting from a picture? Is it OK to retouch someone’s looks to the point where they look inhuman? Is it OK to add something to a picture without the person’s consent?