Photoshopping for an unrealistic body image has gone too far

When thigh gaps attack: Target’s Photoshop fail goes viral

March 11, 2014 at 3:26 PM ET

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Attack of the thigh gap! Yesterday, an observant blogger called out some pretty egregious Photoshop shenanigans on Target’s website; we fear the thigh gap on this particular swimsuit model will not rest until it consumes her entire body.

By Tuesday morning, other, bigger sites like Jezebel and the New York Daily News had piled on. (We reached out to Target for a comment but did not immediately hear back.) And by Tuesday afternoon, the retailer had removed the images from its website. Speedy work, Internet.

“I love how quickly it got called out,” says Pamela Rutledge, a psychologist and director of the Media Psychology Research Center. “Social norms are enforced by community, and that’s true in a club, in a church, or society wide; and now society, because of the Internet, is very broad. And there’s a lot of sensitivity for stuff like this.”

In our TODAY/AOL Body Image survey, released last month, we found that the majority of the teen girls we surveyed said they wished that Photoshopping would stop entirely. Because those images that girls see in the media have a real impact on the way they feel about themselves; 80 percent of the teenage girls we surveyed said they compare themselves to the images they see of celebrities, and many of those girls said those images made them feel worse about their own appearances. On Jezebel, writer Rebecca Rose took particular issue with the fact that this is an item in the juniors’ department:….


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Old Navy Photoshops Thigh Gaps Onto Plus-Size Denim

March 17, 2014 at 6:19PM by Anna Breslaw

Oh! Cool. So, uh, thigh gap is still a thing that’s happening. Old Navy is the most recent retailer caught Photoshopping thigh gaps — specifically, onto the plus-size jeans displayed in their online store, reports Jezebel.

At first glance, it looks like the jeans simply could have been pinned on the display mannequin, but if you look closer, you can see it’s a (shoddy) Photoshop job.


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Land’s End Catalog Cover Photoshops Perfect Dorito-Shaped Thigh Gap

Land's End Catalog Cover Photoshops Perfect Dorito-Shaped Thigh GapExpand

It pains me to be the bearer of tragic news, but it appears that another brutal catalog swimsuit model thigh gapping has occurred. This one’s on the cover of the latest Land’s End catalog.

A reader alerted us (and a staffer who still gets catalogs in the mail* confirmed) that this month’s LE did some creative limb-chopping with the the woman in the one piece bathing suit on its cover. Note the oddly angular thigh gap, and the disparity in the size of her thighs; her left thigh is oddly oranger and slimmer than her right one. Also human legs don’t look like that.



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