People are always discussing photoshop scandals, so I thought I would share with you some of the most interesting celebrity- related scandals. You might be surprised to find out that the celebs are not always in favor of the changes, and in some of the cases, they are downright angry about it. Sometimes even angry enough to take action!
Julia Roberts and Christy Turlington
Talk about extreme: A British advertising regulatory group was reportedly so outraged over the retouching in two L'Oréal cosmetics ads that they were subsequently banned. The group said the ads, which feature Julia Roberts for Lancome and Christy Turlington for Maybelline, were misleading because the photos had been so altered. Lancome defended the retouching, saying Roberts’ image was an “aspirational picture” and the digital enhancement was not “directly relevant” to what the product means to achieve. Maybelline, meanwhile, insisted the ad was accurate about what its foundation could achieve. British politician Jo Swinson called for the ban, saying it would “send a powerful message to advertisers—let’s get back to reality.”
In January 2003, 27-year-old actress Kate Winslet was livid over a slimmed-down image of her already-long legs and board-flat stomach on the cover of British GQ. Winslet called the retouching “excessive”—noting that “I do not look like that, and more importantly, I don’t desire to look like that.” Not that that mattered to GQ. Said editor Dylan Jones: “We do that for everyone, whether they are a size six or a size 12.”
The former Sports Illustrated model was so outraged at an Estée Lauder ad that she says Photoshopped her image to make her look older that she sued the company for $2 million. The ad was for Plantscription, an "anti-aging serum" for women over 45—but Forsling is a mere 35. She’s claiming that the enhancement—or, in her view, degradation—has irreparably damaged her career. She says she never used the product and it's deceptive advertising.
No, Katie Couric didn’t discover a miracle diet. But over a four-month period in 2006, as the anchor prepared to take over the CBS Evening News, it suddenly appeared as if the 53-year-old had shrunk to a third of her body weight. The photo at left, snapped in May, was widely circulated to the media as an official CBS publicity shot. Then, in September, a slimmed-down Couric, her face and waistline radically trimmed, appeared in CBS’s in-house magazine, Watch! When the media picked up on the alteration, the network said the retouching job had been the work of an “overzealous” employee. Couric, meanwhile, said she liked the original better. “There’s more of me to love,” she joked.
“So what: I have a little cellulite. What curvy girl doesn’t!?” That was Kim Kardashian’s response to an unretouched image of her that was mistakenly posted on Complex magazine’s website in May 2009. The snapshot—which was quickly replaced by the Photoshopped version—showed that her waist had been cinched, her thighs slimmed, and her cellulite removed.
Skin bleaching has long been a controversial topic, so when Beyoncé appeared several shades lighter than usual in a L’Oréal ad in 2008, it sparked an uproar. There have been many shades of Beyoncé in photographs and ad campaigns, as evidenced by (from left) a 2008 L’Oréad, a 2007 cover shot from Joy magazine, and a 2009 image on the cover of Russian Glamour.
This magazine ad for Ralph Lauren, which spurred protests outside Lauren’s Manhattan headquarters in 2009, features 23-year-old model Filippa Hamilton looking positively nonhuman. At 5 feet 8 and 120 pounds, Hamilton (pictured on the runway at right) later said that the brand—which ultimately apologized for the image—had quietly fired her for being overweight.
Kelly Clarkson looks trim and adorable in this September issue of Self—under the headline “Total Body Confidence”—except that her “confident” body has been digitally slimmed down. (The image at left was taken around the same time as her magazine shoot.) Two Self editors explained that the cover was not “journalism,” but “meant to inspire women who want to be their best.” Some message.
Redbook couldn’t have been pleased when an unretouched image of Faith Hill, featured on the magazine’s July 2007 cover, was leaked to the bloggers at Jezebel. In annotated before-and-after shots, the bloggers pinpointed 11 digital alterations the already picture-perfect Hill underwent before she hit newsstands—next to a cover line teasing to “56 ways to unleash your sexy side.” (Do 55 of them involve airbrushing?) Redbook was accused of contributing to an unattainable body ideal, but editor Stacy Morrison said the picture was “completely in line with industry standards.”
Men's Fitness wants to know: How do you build big arms in five easy moves? When it comes to Andy Roddick, apparently the answer has more to do with Photoshop than tennis. After posing for this shot in early 2007, the tennis superstar reportedly did a double take when he saw the magazine while walking through a Rome airport—noting that his biceps had been blown into “22-inch guns” and a prominent birthmark on his right arm had been removed. And while a Men's Fitness spokesman responded to the scandal by saying he didn’t see “the big issue,” Roddick joked that he was “pretty sure I’m not as fit as the [cover] suggests.” Does Hulk Hogan want his arms back?
Demi Moore has long seemed to elude age, while denying that plastic surgery has had anything to do with it. But when the 47-year-old mom appeared on the cover of W magazine in November 2009, her image sparked widespread discussion. The magazine was adamant that photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot did nothing “unusual or out of the ordinary on Demi Moore,” but many commentators noted that the huge chunk missing from her hip implies otherwise.