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October 9th, 2009
10:54 AM ET

The Beauty of Photoshop

We put together a segment yesterday on some of the ugly little "tricks" used in the beauty & advertising industries.

(Just to set up the clip: it followed a story on a new study suggesting prenatal exposure to the chemical BPA may boost hyperactivity/aggression in toddler girls.)

***UPDATE***
We've now got a statement from Polo Ralph Lauren on that Photoshopped ad:

For over 42 years we have built a brand based on quality and integrity. After further investigation, we have learned that we are responsible for the poor imaging and retouching that resulted in a very distorted image of a woman’s body. We have addressed the problem and going forward will take every precaution to ensure that the caliber of our artwork represents our brand appropriately.

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  1. wsb-bethesda, MD

    Sophie looks great. The frustrating thing with Kelly Clarkson is that she is soooooo darn cute and she doesn't have a problem with her looks (and neither do I let me tell you!) but all the magazines photo shop the heck out of her to perpetuate their idea of beauty that just does not exist in reality. Anyone in that industry and fashion for that matter should be ashamed. They are right up there with wall street bankers and the birthers in my book.

    October 9, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  2. MICHAEL NEWTON

    Dear kyra, I am a white middle aged man,whom voted for president Obama not for the color of his skin nor the party he represented.I voted for a man I believed in change,confidence and absolute new direction for this country.Especially after the disasterous past 8 years of the previous administration.
    One key factor it clearly appears that these morons are forgetting is what this man accomplished in 2008. The first black man to break the racial barriers in politics in America and at the same time defeating the republican party in the process. In this us intellectuals fully recognize and applaud this president for his outstanding accomplishments in the 2008 presidential elections.
    Whereas, this alone more than nominated him for this prize, but affirms that this accomplishment is in fact worthy of thr peace prize in the United States alone. For any man or woman to accomplish what president Obama did in this past election is an affirmation that our country is breaking down barriers and finally getting past the racial divide to a sense. The hell with all the critics,they're jealous and envious of this man that the American people voted for and because of these accomplishments. Americans should be proud and embrace the President for these accomplishments. to all you repundants well "Too Bad"

    MICHAEL N.

    October 9, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  3. S

    Hurray for Sophie. More people who appear on covers need to just say "NO" to photoshop. Aren't they getting enough attention? Do they want to be used like that?

    One could appreciate that models won't have much say as they might not be able to make a living. But personalities who appear on covers and are not dependent on the income for a living should just step up and say no.

    Frankly, I don't buy magazines for just this reason nor do I purchase "fashion items". I discount buy what fits me without regard to label or advertising. Generally, I get many compliments on my appearance and have a much younger boyfriend. I don't wear a lot of makeup-what you see is what you get. I enjoy being unique and cultivating my own style.

    October 26, 2009 at 3:04 pm |