Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Karlie Kloss' Ribcage: Now You See It, Now You Don't

When photographer Greg Kadel lensed Karlie Kloss for a 
Numéro shoot, his original picture featured the model leaning backwards, topless, with her hands behind her head and her ribcage most definitely in view.
Now the Japanese magazine has smoothed / manipulated / airbrushed out (just pick any one) most of her ribs, sternum and collarbone for its October issue, no #137.
I can understand the magazine being cautious about promoting skinny chic, particularly after Vogue Italia had to remove an online image of Kloss, shot by Steven Meisel for its December issue last year - the pic caused the usual model x eating disorder debate.
But come on Numéro, anyone under a size 10 with a ribcage (Cher you're excused) who leans back and stretches like that will have a bunch of pointy-out bones.

Perhaps the lesson learnt here is to 1) Not present edited and unrealistic imagery, and 2) Not photograph a young model topless, with a ribcage you could play like a xylophone. I'm all for stylish and artistic nude portraits, hence why I adore every piece of work Ellen von Unwerth has ever produced; but in the case of 'Ribcage vs Karlie', she should've just kept her top on.

Images © Greg Kadel / Numero Magazine

And now for Greg Kadel's response to the 'Ribcage vs Karlie' debate (via The Cut):

"It was Greg's desire to represent Karlie as she naturally is ... slender, athletic and beautiful. That is why he released the images as he intended them to be seen by the public. He is shocked and dismayed that unbeknownst to him, Numéro took it upon themselves to airbrush over his original images. Greg stands by his original artwork and cannot stress enough that he not only was unaware of the magazine's retouching but also finds the airbrushing of Karlie unacceptable and unnecessary."


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