I usually post about the glamorous parts of the fashion world, but it isn’t all fun and games.Â There are important legal and ethical issues that make up the nitty gritty behind the scenes. Case in point – the grotesque and distorted Ralph Lauren ads.
These and other unrealistic images raise a variety of questions.Â What effect do these images have on young women (you)? Do they (you) ever want to look like that? Do they (you) know that ALL images in magazines and advertisements are photoshopped in some way?
France is proposing a law that will require a health warning on all airbrushed photographs in order to prevent young consumers from comparing their appearance to a computer generated version of beauty. They suggest using the language “Retouched photograph aimed at changing a person’s physical appearance.”
Nothing is real about these people. Their skin is smoothed and colored, their limbs are erased and recreated, half their face is deleted and replaced with a symmetrical copy of the other half, and who knows what else.
Personally, I think this warning is a great idea. It is a compromise between casting normal sized models and the status quo. At least it will help young girls understand that the images they are looking at aren’t real.
Do you think your country should pass a similar law?