Doutzen Kroes on Why Photoshop is Essential: 'People Still Want to Believe in the Fantasy'

An Angel appeared to me in the abandoned high rise where last night's Maison Martin Margiela x H&M arty party was held: It was the heavenly Doutzen Kroes, who was more than obliging to chat with me (a mere mortal) about the recently leaked, unretouched photos of her modeling bikinis for Victoria's Secret. While Kroes is arguably one of the most beautiful women in the world without retouching, it can't be easy to have slews of before-and-after comparison shots plastering the Internet and showing your every wrinkle, lump and bump. But according to Kroes, these kinds of mishaps come with the territory--and are actually a good thing.
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An Angel appeared to me in the abandoned high rise where last night's Maison Martin Margiela x H&M arty party was held: It was the heavenly Doutzen Kroes, who was more than obliging to chat with me (a mere mortal) about the recently leaked, unretouched photos of her modeling bikinis for Victoria's Secret. While Kroes is arguably one of the most beautiful women in the world without retouching, it can't be easy to have slews of before-and-after comparison shots plastering the Internet and showing your every wrinkle, lump and bump. But according to Kroes, these kinds of mishaps come with the territory--and are actually a good thing.
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Photo: Getty

An Angel appeared to me in the abandoned high rise where last night's Maison Martin Margiela x H&M arty party was held: It was the heavenly Doutzen Kroes, who was more than obliging to chat with me (a mere mortal) about the recently leaked, unretouched photos of her modeling bikinis for Victoria's Secret.

While Kroes is arguably one of the most beautiful women in the world without retouching, it can't be easy to have slews of before-and-after comparison shots plastering the Internet and showing your every wrinkle, lump and bump. But according to Kroes, these kinds of mishaps come with the territory--and are actually a good thing.

"There's always paparazzi and stuff on the beach when we're shooting, and it's just part of the job. It happens," she told me, adding, "but like, with the retouched pictures...then you can see that even I don't look like I do in the pictures, you know?"

Actually, Kroes does look a lot like she does in the pictures--but I got her point. So would the VS Angel prefer that retouching be left out of the modeling process entirely? "No," she said, "I think people still want to believe in the fantasy and they just have to know that that's not always the way it is [in real life]. You know like, I look at the pictures, and I know I don't look like the pictures."

Kroes's opinion on the Photoshop-as-fantasy issue lines up with fellow Angel Erin Heatherton's stance: That fashion is about "selling a story, creating a fantasy"--one that almost certainly couldn't exist without the help of photoshop.

Do you agree with Kroes and Heatherton; Is it time now to just accept that retouching is more about creating fantasy than recreating reality? What do you think?