We all know how much editing models go through to achieve that perfect look but we never knew *exactly* how much. A former Victorias Secret photo editor anonymously puts our doubts to rest.
“I know what I'm doing is wrong and that’s a huge part of why I'm not doing it full-time anymore.”
Here are the things she confessed to, both on-set alterations and editing:
1. Alteration on bikinis
“They put a push-up bra under the bathing suit. And we retouch out the bra...a lot of [staffers] would complain because they even did it with strapless stuff. When you're wearing a strapless bikini, in no way, shape, or form [can] you have cleavage. It’s physically impossible with the way gravity works.”
2. Editing body hair
“They come to these photo shoots and, like, they have their arms up in the classic beach pose, and they have, like, hairy armpits. They all have stubbly pubes — all the normal stuff”
3. Softening out bones
“Models are thinner than you actually think they are, and we retouch them to look rounder... We have to curve them out ”
4. It's not only Victoria's Secret
The source also says Instagram celebrities use the same tricks. "When you're manipulating the light and the camera angle like that, that’s technically retouching, because you're manipulating something to look as if it's something it's really, truly not in real life.”
5. Editing out skin flaws
She mentions that nearly every model has acne, cellulite and stretchmarks.“You don’t get 6 feet tall during puberty without having stretch marks".
6. Everyone falls for it
“I ordered a Victoria's Secret swimsuit this summer. And then I got it and, of course, it wasn’t as cute as in the photo. I'm the one retouching this stuff and I'm still not immune to marketing. It's incredible.”
Here's the original article from Refinery29.
We should all remember exactly how fake these images really are so no one strives for that. It really is impossible.
What do you think?