This is not, I repeat: this is not an article bashing the practice of photoshopping or one that contains a gallery of photoshop fails, like a way-too-skinny model or one missing an arm. If that is what you're looking for, the Huffington Post Style section and Buzzfeed have you covered. This is about the recent and fairly epic failures, in which some magazines make their cover subjects look way too photoshopped and well, down-right scary. Up first: one of the most beautiful women on TV, Kerry Washington. Lucky Magazine made the actress almost unrecognizable for its January 2014 cover, editor in chief, Eva Chen's debut. Less recently (but thanks to a new GIF that's circulating the web, more relevant than ever), Flare magazine made Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence look like a way too tan hooker for its June 2011 issue.
While I would otherwise brush this off as #Fashion, there may be more to it than that, as indicated by this WWD title: "Lucky's Kerry Washington Cover Goes Viral." Are magazines intentionally going a bit too far for publicity's sake? This sounds completely insane, I know, but one look at the Lucky cover makes it perfectly clear that something just is not quite right. It isn't one of those covers that makes the star look better or skinnier or anything. It's just tragic. Who in their right mind would sign off on that cover?!
Second, when was the last time anything having to do with Lucky magazine or Flare magazine went viral? I forgot that Flare magazine existed before this Jennifer Lawrence GIF (that people are still talking about) and Lucky magazine was halfway in the ground until recently. Third, magazines just aren't selling like they used too and people LOVE photoshop fails. BuzzFeed dedicates entire list posts to them. Every other day, the Huffington Post features a photoshopped editorial gone wrong piece. Hell, we have even featured a post about photoshop on TFL, I think.
When we take these facts into consideration, they certainly don't account for all or even the vast majority of photoshop fails, but they make the suggestion that an occasional photoshop fail is strategically slipped into the mix a bit less outlandish. Thoughts?