The PhotoShopping Debate Continues

To PhotoShop or not to PhotoShop? That is the recurring question in the fashion industry these days.

And this month two magazines are representing both sides of the debate. In one corner we have Self magazine who noticeably altered a photo of Kelly Clarkson and Harper’s Bazaar who featured some of fashion most noticeable faces shot without makeup or retouching.

Kelly Clarkson Self magazine

Kelly Clarkson appears on the cover of Self magazine looking much thinner than her usually voluptuous self.

Kelly Clarkson

In a blog post entitled “Pictures That Please Us” Selfeditor Lucy Danziger likens the retouching of Kelly Clarkson’s photo to deleting unappealing photos of yourself, “This is still true even when I’m all dressed up at a party or wedding or other event—there are pictures where I think I was captured looking my best, and those when I look pretty awkward (midsentence or whatever). I only keep the pix where I look my best.”

Retouching a photo and tossing the bad shots are not the same.  But hey, as Danziger says in her blog post, “Portraits like the one we take each month for the cover of SELF are not supposed to be unedited or a true-to-life snapshot….”

On the other side of the retouching discussion are the photo’s from Harper’s Bazaar(shot by Peter Lindbergh) of models such as Shalom Harlow, Nadia Auermann and Cindy Crawford sans makeup and photo retouching (no Naomi?).

Shalom Harlow

Nadia Auermann

Cindy Crawford

The models prove that you don’t need a pound of makeup and hours of PhotoShop to look beautiful.

I think that that is a message worth spreading.

What do you think about PhotoShopping? Necessary evil or unnecessarily evil?



About Septembre

Septembre Anderson is a passionate journalist, cultural critic and public intellectual. Her work has appeared in Flare, FASHION Magazine,, Complex Canada, Vice Canada and Huffington Post Canada.
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