The most awkward Photoshop fails of 2014
INSANE NECK LENGTHENING: Chanel gives its model the giraffe treatment, stretching her perfectly smooth, tendon-free neck to totally inhuman proportions in its new ad for timepieces. The people following Chanel’s Facebook page managed to pick up on the overt altering, leaving comments such as “Mais un cou aussi long … bonjour Photoshop!” one commenter quipped.” Ah, French folk getting snarky is the best. Ironically, Chanel‘s tag line for these images is “A new definition of perfection.” Indeed.
CLUMSY THIGH GAP: One overzealous retoucher/body butcher went to town on this J. Crew model’s upper thighs, erasing three inches from between her legs as to give her a thigh gap. Great, a woman who’s already conventionally hot has another barely attainable – or completely unattainable – standard of beauty added on for us to measure ourselves against.
SCISSOR HAPPY: When it comes to chopping out crotches, Target is another offender. Why, it looks as though the model’s front bottom has been taken to with a pair of scissors. And the arm beside it appears stretched out and rail thin. What’s worse? This swimsuit is from the American retailer’s junior line.
MERGING BODIES: H&M gets in on the ridiculous Photoshop hacks, severing a woman’s body in half and pasting someone else’s legs onto her torso. The results are so bad it makes a mockery of itself.
CLOTHING MISHAP: Another doozy from H&M! A lot of Photoshop blunders involve missing toes or bellybuttons, but rarely do they involve a big slice of naked arse.
NEW NOSE: Teen Vogue may have been Lorde’s first major cover in the States, but that didn’t stop the anti-airbrushing advocate from speaking out against the subtle Photoshop job the art team did on her nose. (Yeah, she’s pretty awesome like that.) As far as Photoshop tweaks go, this one isn’t disastrous, but it’s wholly unnecessary. Even more annoyingly, the magazine quotes Lorde as saying, “prescribed ideals of how girls should look are over,” in the cover story. Well, obviously they are not, and this cover proves it.
MISSHAPEN ELBOW: Sometimes we come across a Photoshop so bad it’s as though the person behind it was a bored employee attempting to amuse himself or herself in the office before mistakenly clicking ‘Publish’. This is one such image. The Nordstrom model’s elbow has been clumsily e-hacked and her skin rendered perfectly poreless like a Barbie.
MAKING A BAD DRESS WORSE: Horrific Photoshop jobs are usually caused by attempts to make models look thinner – but doing the opposite and using the e-hack tool to make them look curvier can produce results that are just as cringe-worthy. The only thing worse than the angular jut of the model’s hips in this Amazon catalogue image is the dress itself. Seriously, what’s with that cut-out boob panel?
WILDLY UNRECOGNISABLE: That woman staring back at you is actually Olivia Wilde. Good luck recognising her gorgeous face with that insane level of digital doctoring – the cheekbones, jaw line, nose, face shape all look completely different. The Gloss offers up one possible explanation: “Perhaps this photo was taken immediately following a botched nose job and wisdom teeth removal?”
We're a little more than halfway through the year but already the internet's thrown out some insane digital makeovers - from impossible thigh gaps and arms with bites taken out of them to poreless skin not dissimilar to that of a Madame Tussaud's wax figure.
Yes, it sucks growing up in a culture that feeds us unrealistic beauty standards, but at least Photoshop is good for a few laughs when it goes so horribly wrong.
- Daily Life