One of the most recent controversies in the world of fashion is over the far too photoshopped Ralph Lauren jeans ad. The media has been whipped into a frenzy over this, covered by everyone from the Rachel Maddow Show to TWIT and of course the greater “blogosphere.” The story has become a big deal for several reasons, but the most prominent being the distorted concept of body image in advertising/ fashion. It has prompted heated commentary from those in the fashion business, including Karl Lagerfeld of Chanel. Even the pages of Glamour this past month were featuring plus sized beauties and vowing to combat the overuse of “unreal” skinny models.
And so the battle rages on … We worry about the body image presented to women through media – if we keep showing them “unrealistically” thin models and stars, will they think they’re imperfect? Will it increase diseases like anorexia? Should fashion be shown on women of all shapes and sizes? What is a healthy body image? These are some of the many questions that are flying around the forefront of the fashion and beauty industry right now, challenging designers, photographers, television, the media, everyone.
What is your position?
For more stories about this controversy, check out the links below :
Ralph Lauren’s Photoshop Retouch Disaster
‘No one wants to see curvy women’: German designer
Doctored Ralph Lauren model fights back