Airbrushing a Cover Model to Make Her Look Fatter?
Healthy magazine adds about 44 pounds to their cover model to make her appear healthier.
We’re well aware that the magazine industry gets Photoshop-happy when it comes to cover models – shrinking their waistlines and taking years off of their faces – but airbrushing a model to make her look fatter? Now, that’s something we haven’t heard of before.
The editors at Healthy, a magazine that promotes “health and wellbeing,” revealed that they digitally added approximately 44 pounds to cover model Kamilla Wladyka for their April issue. Jane Druker, editor of the magazine, said that when Wladyka arrived to the photo shoot, “She looked beautiful in the face, but really thin and unwell… we knew what we were able to do with retouching. We made her legs a little bit bigger, to make her look like she was a size 10 as opposed to a size 4.”
Critics of the magazine’s decision to add pounds to Wladyka claim it’s just another way that the industry is ignoring the “size-zero” dilemma, by still using rail-thin models over healthier ones.
We agree with Eleni Renton of Leni’s Model Management when she says, “When magazines start changing body shape, it becomes unhealthy. They are not acting responsibly. [Wladyka] probably should have been sent home from the shoot – she’s supposed to be representing a ‘healthy’ magazine as their cover girl and they retouched her to make her look healthier. It’s false.”
After all, isn’t it just more work to airbursh on pounds to a model’s frame rather than just hire a model with the body shape and size you desire? We’re positive there are many competent, healthy-looking models out there that would’ve been great for Healthy’s cover. Let’s start giving those girls a chance, shall we? (Telegraph)