Cavalli erases Beyonce's curves

Last updated 12:47 13/06/2013
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THE REAL VS THE SKETCH: Fans are angry over an unrealistic sketch-photo of Beyonce in a Cavalli design. His response? That's just how fashion sketches work.

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Sketches of Beyoncé Knowles in a Roberto Cavalli multi-coloured dress have sparked anger from fans.The superstar singer is due to don the gorgeous muslin silk creation during the next leg of her The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.

Yesterday, Roberto shared his sketches of the show-stopping gown on his official Facebook page along with a photo of the star in the finished creation.

The drawings have outraged some fans as the singer's voluptuous curves have been removed and an elongated version of her figure used instead.

The altered images, which make the singer look super skinny, have sparked a major backlash against the dress designer.

On Roberto's Facebook page people slammed him for portraying an "unrealistic ideal."

One fan wrote, "Why would you do such a sketch that clearly doesn't reflect her shape?!"

Another added, "If this is supposed to be a sketch of Beyonce why not actually draw Beyonce instead of some imaginative image which fits the status quo for sickly looking run way models?? (sic)"

"I really don't get why brands force women to follow certain kind of body shapes that most people find unattractive. Real Beyonce figure is! (sic)" another commentator wrote.

The Cavalli group has responded, saying "that the image of the gown created... for Beyoncé is a sketch and not a photo, and therefore it is only meant to be a stylised and artistic vision."

Adding, "Roberto Cavalli loves women and more than anyone else has always exalted and highlighted the female shape with his creations, building his signature style on the glorification of sensuality and femininity."  

But digitally altered images are something Beyoncé feels strongly about.

She made headlines recently after reportedly demanding H&M use unaltered images of her for their bikini campaign.

The stunning 31-year-old singer is the face of the popular retailer's 2013 summer collection.

Apparently Beyoncé was initially angered by the editorial approach to her photographs.

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"When Beyoncé found out they had edited the way her body really looked, she hit the roof," a source told British newspaper The Sun.

"Her people refused to give the pictures the green light so H&M were forced to use the originals."

An H&M spokesperson confessed there were "discussions" about the images. The representative also assured the final photos were not modified.

- Cover Media


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