Is it just us or have magazines been making a lot of flubs recently? First Doutzen Kroes lost her leg in a botched photoshop job, then Natasha Poly’s arm suffered a similar fate on the cover of Vogue Russia. And most recently, Glamour ran a picture of long-time deceased model Daul Kim in its August issue.
Coco Rocha seems to have noticed that things have gotten a little out-of-hand too–particularly in the photoshop department. The always-outspoken supermodel took to Twitter to implore magazines to, you know, actually pay attention when they’re doctoring fashion editorials:
Hey, photoshop guys! Can you please be sure to count two arms and two legs on the girls you cut and paste? Thanks!! Sincerely, Models.
Rocha really isn’t asking for much–so how come retouchers and publications can’t seem to deliver? Have readers’ expectations gotten too high or have magazines gotten more careless as of late?
Fashionista reader Meera Innes commented on the Daul Kim story that perhaps budget cuts are to blame:
“Unfortunately [Glamour running a photo Daul Kim] only serves to illustrate a disappointing trend in the editorial process – I’ve been noticing for a while that fact-checking and copywriting seem to be taking a backseat, and can only imagine that cutbacks have occurred at the expense of sub-editors.”
She has a point. After all, it’s not exactly a secret that the publishing business is hurting–publications have to do more with less and a story that once passed through multiple editors, copy editors, and fact checkers gets looked at by fewer sets of eyes. (We’d like to be able to afford copy editors too! We know we make our fair share of mistakes.) But perhaps if magazines cut down on photoshop altogether–instead of painstakingly removing every pore and wrinkle–they’d be able to save on their retouch budget and still fact-check every article. Sounds like a win-win to us.