12 Most Talked About Photoshop Disasters of 2011

12 Most Talked About Photoshop Disasters of 2011

I’ve compiled a list of the 12 Most talked about Photoshop disasters in 2011. When it works, we don’t notice it, but we sense something unattainable about the image in front of us. When it doesn’t work, not only do we notice it, we talk about it, we email it to our friends, we print it in the press and we wonder if Photoshop should be illegal in advertising or at least documented.

Given the superficial nature of this topic, I feel it is important to note that most of the images we see in advertising, magazines and now Facebook have been Photoshopped to some degree. Everyone wants to present their best selves and advertisers want to create desire to sell their wares. There’s an important conversation to be had about how this affects us and what the pursuit of perfection does to our inner lives. I can’t wait to read your comments!

1. Kristen Stewart and Glamour

Glamour received a lot of flack for chopping off Kristen Stewart’s left arm for their November cover.

2. Candice Swanepoel and Victoria’s Secret

Victoria’s Secret model Candice Swanepoel got an ultra slim down in this beach shot. Her waist dramatically lost inches.

3. Sharon Stone and Elle

She looks amazing for 53 years of age but let’s get real, someone went overboard with the retouching brush and erased all her expression lines… and pores.

4. Blake Lively and Chanel

Chanel played with mirror images in their latest campaign but received more attention for Blake’s sight line than the gorgeous Mademoiselle red patent bag she’s holding.

5. Amber Valetta and Vogue

US Vogue gave her a leg-up, er, leg amputation, with this awesome editorial.

6. Victoria’s Secret…again

Speaking of amputations, Victoria’s Secret went a little heavy on the photoshop and removed Marisa Miller’s arm.

7. Kate Moss’ daughter Lila

Kate and her daughter Lila shot this gorgeous portrait for American Vogue in September. Too bad it garnered more attention for the missing fingers than it did the image.

8. H & M

H & M decided to photoshop photos of model’s heads onto computer generated bodies. The press had a hey-day with this doozy.

9. Tina Fey and InStyle

Tina is famous for her scar and naturally slim weight. InStyle’s retoucher went a little heavy handed and decided to remove her scar, laugh lines and waist. Whoops.

10. Karmen Pedaru and Gucci

Karmen’s leg and torso were oddly Photoshopped in Gucci’s SS 11 campaign and a lawsuit was rumored. No reports surfaced about the actual filing or outcome of the lawsuit.

11. Microsoft

Microsoft released this ad in Russia, where they decided that a white man is more consumer friendly than a black man. They did however choose to leave the hand of the man the same in both ads.

12. Taylor Swift and Cover Girl

Taylor’s ad was pulled because Cover Girl admitted to using Photoshop to enhance her lashes. You can’t sell mascara while excessively using Photoshop to create impossibly lush lashes. The National Advertising Division was grateful for P&G’s compliance to remove the ads and issued this statement, “it has determined that the Procter & Gamble Company acted properly in discontinuing superior performance claims made in print advertising by the company for its Cover Girl NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara.”

Thanks for taking a look at the compilation of images. Feel free to add your own and let me know what you think about the current use of Photoshop.

Feature photo provided courtesy of Tucia via Creative Commons.

Emily Sandberg


Supermodel Emily Sandberg is an internet rock star. Her blog SupermodelBlogger.com is dedicated to the fashion realization.

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