Victoria Beckham's thigh gap wasn't a Photoshop fail, says Vogue editor

Victoria Beckham's apparent "thigh gap" was all just an optical illusion.

Victoria Beckham's apparent "thigh gap" was all just an optical illusion.

The mystery has been solved - the apparent Photoshop fail in Victoria Beckham's latest magazine shoot was, in fact, just a pair of white undies.

After the designer and mum-of-four sported a seemingly missing section of upper thigh in a spread for Vogue China, many were quick to blame a butter-fingered retoucher.

However the magazine's editor, Angelica Cheung, has revealed the apparent thigh gap was all just a trick of the eye.

"It is an optical illusion due to the mix of the lighting used together with the shadows and the white underwear which, in a black-and-white image, might seem as if there is a gap," she told the Daily Mail.


Loved working on this shoot for @voguechina May issue. Thank u @inezandvinoodh, @wendyrowe, @georgecortina and @shayashual x vb

A video posted by Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) on

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Cheung revealed that the "missing" portion of leg appeared on the raw image, before a retoucher ever got their hands on it.

However the editor did admit that the version which appeared in Vogue China was edited for print.

"On the raw file originally shown after the shoot it was pretty much like this," she continued. 

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@victoriabeckham on the cover of our May issue shot by #solvesundsbo @voguechina @solvesundsbostudio #victoriabeckham

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"The Photoshop was done by the photographers themselves, not by Vogue China. I did not order even one detail of Photoshop really.

"Now I look at it, I can understand why people would think about it like that. There is a bit of a gap in there."

A spokesperson for Beckham said the gap was "simply the shirt tucked under from behind".

Cheung said she was amazed at the attention the shoot had caused, and admitted she will continue to use photo editing.

"My view to Photoshopping is to use it moderately, to probably improve the overall feel, but it's not a tool to change you into somebody else."

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