Okay, seriously, I'm the last person to see a Victoria's Secret model and think, "Gee, I wish I could look like that chick who is 6 foot 2, 110 pounds with a DD cup." I'm 4 foot 11 and genetically predispositioned to be the human equivalent of a Russian nesting doll. In other words, I'll never be anything close to these Amazon queens who sport the best push-up bras around, and that's OKAY.
But you know the Angels are supposed to be "aspirational" to most American women. So you'd think those geniuses over in the digital retouching center at VS corporate would try a little harder to make them look, well, HUMAN. Ah, but no ... they've been caught red-handed this week making another boneheaded PhotoShop blunder. This time, it seems like they've tried to undo the damage scary-skinny model Candice Swanepoel did by recently appearing in public looking like a thigh-less wonder (right) ...
They probably thought, "Oh no, people are going to be paying extra attention to this one!" and tried to click and brush Candice back to normal-woman size in the photo. But all they really succeeded in doing was adding some bizarre, out-of-place bulk to her shoulders.
Here's a clue for you, Victoria's Secret: That doesn't make the situation better -- it only makes it worse.
First of all, they're not fooling us, right? We already saw that she's a walking skeletor these days, and what's more, most of us can spy an airbrushing boo-boo from miles away.
This added "shoulder fat fail" or whatever you want to call it just seems to cater to the existing problem. It sends a message that the company is okay with their models being sickly stick thin, because they'll just fix 'er up in PhotoShop. And what we see isn't what we get. Okay, okay, it's a fantasy. Or so says anyone selling any product -- from lingerie to magazines.
But it doesn't matter, because the fantasy is supposed to be aspirational. I don't know about you, but I have a problem with Victoria's Secret selling an image that's so horrifically tweaked and false as something sexy and beautiful. I'd rather be enticed to buy that bra if it was being worn by a woman with anatomically-correct limbs.
Do you think Victoria's Secret seriously screwed up by re-touching Candice Swanepoel like this?
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