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Ralph Lauren's Photoshop Retouch Disaster

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Reason number #3843 on the list of why our daughters struggle with body image.


At first, the Ralph Lauren photo advertising their Blue Label line of jeans appeared on a website called Photoshop Disasters. And rightfully so. The body of 23-year-old French-Swedish model Filippa Hamilton depicted in the photo doesn't occur in nature. The proportions are more similar to a freakish Barbie doll than a human. To get Hamilton's "uber-skeletal look," the image was probably modified using a Photoshop function called the "Liquify Tool," or more accurately, the "Anorexic Tool."

Model Filippa Hamilton

Then the blog Boing Boing took up the cause and posted a criticism of the image with the caption, "Dude, her head's bigger than her pelvis!" It sure looks that way, especially when you take a gander of another shot of Hamilton in tank-top, suspenders, and normal-sized head.

The skinny on the situation is this: Ralph Lauren's lawyers demanded that Boing Boing take the image down. Boing Boing refused, citing that the post fell under the definition of fair use: "for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting."

Momlogic contacted Ralph Lauren's reps for comment. Here's what they had to say:

"For over 42 years, we have built a brand based on quality and integrity. After further investigation, we have learned that we are responsible for the poor imaging and retouching that resulted in a very distorted image of a woman's body. We have addressed the problem and going forward will take every precaution to ensure that the caliber of our artwork represents our brand appropriately."

Do you think Ralph Lauren is just sorry they got caught for publishing this photo manipulation mess, or was it just an honest mistake?

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138 comments so far | Post a comment now
Anonymous October 8, 2009, 1:00 PM

She looks like a bobblehead her head looks way to big for her body.

What the? October 8, 2009, 1:11 PM

Ralph Lauren’s clothes should be boycotted for that image hitting the public and blinding us all! Models are thin enough and they go and find this abomination!

ak77 October 8, 2009, 1:16 PM

An honest mistake that took hours of Photoshop work, and many eyes-of-approval on its way from the designer to the billboard?

Anonymous October 9, 2009, 12:05 AM

The PR team at Ralph Lauren have already won. They knew before this image was released that it would generate controversy and…FREE PUBLICITY.

Anonymous October 9, 2009, 8:03 AM

She’s ugly

Ron October 18, 2009, 7:31 AM

This a great attractive photo. If people think that other photo’s in the industry aren’t photoshoped they really are fooling themselves. It’s Advertisement!

Nina October 26, 2009, 1:45 AM

Ew, seriously, how can anyone actually think that is pretty? Then again, most people in the fashin business are gay guys, meaning they’ve got nothing to relate to with the female body, so they just twist it out of proportions ‘cause they won’t find it attractive themselves anyway.

Nope December 4, 2009, 9:24 PM

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