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Retouched Vogue Cover Causes Backlash

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It's no secret that photographs in fashion magazines are heavily retouched. The practice has caused increased controversy and opposition in recent years. Many have called for a more realistic and body-positive depiction of women.

Now, a Vogue cover featuring seven models, with Gigi Hadid at the center, is finding itself the center of an image-editing controversy.

The March issue cover shows Hadid in the center of the group, with three models on either side of her. The women have their arms around each other, but Hadid's forearm alone stretches across two women.

According to the Daily Mail, Vogue's March issue purports to celebrate a diversity of women and body types, but critics have called out the apparent hypocrisy as Hadid's forearm overlaps plus-sized model Ashley Graham's waist, leading some to believe the extended limb is a result of editing the image of Graham.

"Revolutionary would not be Photoshopping the one plus-size woman in this photo," an Instagram user commented on the photo, notes Daily Mail. "You guys are such hypocrites it's disgusting."

In 2015, actress Zendaya commented on a photoshopped image of her for the magazine Modeliste.

"Had a new shoot come out today and was shocked when I found my 19 year old hips and torso quite manipulated," Zendaya wrote in a caption to a side-by-side comparison of the original photo and retouched image posted to her personal Instagram page, notes Time magazine. "These are the things that make women self conscious, that create the unrealistic ideals of beauty that we have. Anyone who knows who I am knows I stand for honest and pure self love. So I took it upon myself to release the real pic (right side) and I love it...Thank you @modelistemagazine for pulling down the images and fixing this retouch issue."

After a heavily retouched photo of actress Kerry Washington appeared on the cover of AdWeek, Washington released a statement on the image.

"Look, I'm no stranger to Photoshopping," Washington said, notes Cosmopolitan. "It happens a lot. Yesterday, however, I just felt weary. It felt strange to look at a picture of myself that is so different from what I look like when I look in the mirror. It's an unfortunate feeling. That being said. You all have been very kind and supportive. Also, as I've said, I'm very proud of the article."

Sources: Daily Mail, Time, Cosmopolitan / Photo credit: Vogue Magazine/Instagram

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