Saturday, October 10, 2009


Ironically, if this Ralph Lauren ad wouldn't put you off your food, nothing would.

After imperiously accusing Boing Boing of using this image without permission and threatening it and its ISP with legal action, Ralph Lauren apologized for the heavily, hideously photoshopped image which made already-slender but relatively healthy-looking model Filippa Hamilton look like a concentration-camp survivor. Scratch that - starvation doesn't make your pelvic bones shrink away.

Forget the hack who photoshopped this. Who approved it? Who thought this was an acceptable image of a living woman to present to us, the rest of humanity?

Heads need to roll. Seriously. This is beyond offensive.



Blogger Sherwood Harrington said...

The heads would probably be photoshopped to cubes so they wouldn't roll. They should be squashed instead.

That image hurts the eyeballs.

Speaking of heads, though, the Boing Boing page you link to has a link to this BB article about Carl Sagan, which, in turn, offers a link in comments to this music video remix of Cosmos lines. Both might help assuage the immediate distress.

9:21 p.m.  
Blogger Nostalgic for the Pleistocene said...

"Destructive" is a good word for it. Well i remember trying to live up to those fashion magazines, and now i'm watching Younger Daughter (who is genuinely beautiful) fight the body image battle. I absolutely hate it.

9:22 p.m.  
Blogger Xtreme English said...

This is beyond destructive. i know brilliant, beautiful woman who notice NOTHING about other women beyond their appearance--specifically, whether they are THIN.

1:38 a.m.  
Anonymous Sister said...

I'll be honest. Maybe we should show more of these. They've finally gone too far and the average person can now see just HOW insane and unrealistic the ideals of the "perfect woman" are. Up until now they've stopped just at the point where you can't see it's been photoshopped into unreality. My first thought when I saw this wasn't, "I'm offended!" but rather, "Finally. People will see how crazy our ideals are, because they went that -one- step too far and made the "model" offensive." Maybe this will open the eyes of most people and they'll start taking closer looks at the covers of Cosmo and other heavily photoshopped mag covers.

10:31 a.m.  
Blogger Nostalgic for the Pleistocene said...

You know, Sister's got a very very good point.

Anyway, many thanks for pointing this out - i've seen it nowhere else. Am sharing it with various teen and young adults i know.

10:51 a.m.  
Blogger Sherwood Harrington said...

Good God, there's more. The wonderful (and new to me) blog "Photoshop Disasters" -- which was bullied by the Lauren attorneys for running the image on this post -- shows us this one today.

12:12 a.m.  

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