Has Airbrushing Gone Too Far?

Digital Barbie-fication of women called unhealthy trend
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2008 4:57 PM CDT
Has Airbrushing Gone Too Far?
Women's health campaigners have called for magazines to stop retouching photographs of models.   (KRT Photos)

Shutterbugs have long altered pics, but now critics are cringing over the effects of airbrushing on young girls. French lawmakers have even approved a law against inciting "excessive thinness." But would such a move work in America? Maybe not, "but there are a whole lot of impressionable young kids" who are tortured by images of slimmed-down and retouched women, Jessica Bennett writes in Newsweek.

Numbers tell the tale: An average US girl sees 77,000 ads by age 12, and has an 81% chance of fearing fat by age 10. Even Photoshoppers can be appalled by it: "We're always stretching the models' legs and slimming their thighs," one said. "Sometimes I feel a little like Frankenstein." But Elizabeth Hurley and others in the biz love a touch-up or two. "You have to accept that fashion is fantasy," one photographer said. "It's wearable art." (More beauty stories.)

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