Betty on the News: Image of Ultra Thin Ralph Lauren Model Sparks Outrage

A new image featured in a Ralph Lauren ad is angering consumers.

Betty on the News: Image of Ultra Thin Ralph Lauren Model Sparks Outrage

Consumers are getting more and more infuriated by pictures of women that appear to have been altered in some form, and a new image featured in a Ralph Lauren advertisement certainly isn’t helping matters.

-Carolyn French

Filippa Hamilton

Filippa Hamilton, the model shown in the image above, is so incredibly disproportioned that her head actually looks larger than her waist.

Boing Boing‘s Xeni Jardin posted the Ralph Lauren ad on September 29, which initially appeared on a blog dedicated to highlighting suspected retouched images called Photoshop Disasters.

The photo was accompanied by the comment “Dude, her head’s bigger than her pelvis,” and once Mr. Lauren caught wind of it he filed a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) complaint against both sites, alleging that their use of the ad was a copyright infringement that fell outside of the Fair Use Laws — which permits the media to duplicated creative content for the sake of commentary.

Google Blogspot, the Internet service provider that hosts Photoshop Disasters, removed the post, while Boing Boing editor Cory Doctorow opted to send a warning to Lauren on the site, claiming the corporation’s stab at silencing their criticism has only motivated them to step up their efforts in the future.

The warning, issued Wednesday, reads:

“Copyright law doesn’t give you the right to threaten your critics for pointing out the problems with your offerings. You should know better. And every time you threaten to sue us over stuff like this, we will:

a) Reproduce the original criticism, making damned sure that all our readers get a good, long look at it, and;

b) Publish your spurious legal threat along with copious mockery, so that it becomes highly ranked in search engines where other people you threaten can find it and take heart; and

c) Offer nourishing soup and sandwiches to your models.”

Wow, how do you think Lauren should respond? (

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0 thoughts on “Betty on the News: Image of Ultra Thin Ralph Lauren Model Sparks Outrage

  1. I think Ralph Lauren should quit while he (they, the company) is ahead and lay low. Perhaps they should actually feed the models and start the trend to have models be more reflective/representative of reality. It is disgusting that the models wearing fashions in magazines, and on runway, etc, are so thin that their health is likely in jeopardy. These are the girls/women that others, teenagers in particular consider examples of what they should like like when in fact this is not the case; and results in young women growing up with distorted self-images issues, and emotional problems. If the average sized women in America is size 14 (?) then why are all the models considered fat if they surpass size(s) 4 to 6. If you take a look at the models from 20-30 years ago, you will see plenty of beautiful women, including Christie Brinkley, Farrah Fawcett, Lauren Hutton, Carol Alt, Cheryl Tiegs, and more, none of whom were a size
    ZERO (0) to TWO, which this model clearly must be. For the most part, any woman that is this tiny is probably spending a lot of time with her head over the toilet.

  2. If you look her up, she doesn’t actually look like this (but she is very skinny). The real problem is that when she was photographed for RL, the company decided that her best wasn’t good enough and retouched her into oblivion. It’s insane that people at these companies think making women look like this is a positive, attractive thing. It’s so frustrating.

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