Vogue China and the Case of the Missing Model’s Leg 
After promising to clean up its act, Vogue China has been caught red handed making another Photoshop blunder. Here’s a photo of Victoria’s Secret Angel Doutzen Kroes, and besides looking poreless and a bit too tan, she’s also missing a leg. 
While I’m all for opening up our fashion spreads to all types of women, Kroes has two legs. It’s careless –and utterly ridiculous –for the editors at a renowned magazine to Photoshop one off. 
Not cool, Vogue. 
 
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Vogue China and the Case of the Missing Model’s Leg

After promising to clean up its act, Vogue China has been caught red handed making another Photoshop blunder. Here’s a photo of Victoria’s Secret Angel Doutzen Kroes, and besides looking poreless and a bit too tan, she’s also missing a leg.

While I’m all for opening up our fashion spreads to all types of women, Kroes has two legs. It’s careless –and utterly ridiculous –for the editors at a renowned magazine to Photoshop one off.

Not cool, Vogue.

 

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Photoshop Leaves Coco Rocha Bare 
Some models choose to bare it all for the cameras. But Coco Rocha, one of the top names in the industry, has repeatedly refused to show what she considers to be too much skin. 
However, that didn’t stop Brazilian Elle from featuring a scantily-clad Rocha on the cover of its May 2012 issue. And now, Rocha is calling foul, claiming that the mag Photoshopped the clothing right off her body (funny how that works). 
Disgusted, the high fashion model wrote on her blog: “For my recent Elle Brazil cover shoot I wore a body suit under a sheer dress, but recently discovered that the body suit was Photoshopped out to give the impression that I am showing much more skin than I actually was or am comfortable with. This was specifically against my expressed verbal and written direction. I’m extremely disappointed that my wishes and contract were ignored. I strongly believe every model has a right to set rules for how she is portrayed and for me these rules were clearly circumvented.”
Instead of utterly disrespecting this model’s core values, Elle could have simply booked another woman to cover its May issue. Not cool, Elle. 
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Photoshop Leaves Coco Rocha Bare

Some models choose to bare it all for the cameras. But Coco Rocha, one of the top names in the industry, has repeatedly refused to show what she considers to be too much skin.

However, that didn’t stop Brazilian Elle from featuring a scantily-clad Rocha on the cover of its May 2012 issue. And now, Rocha is calling foul, claiming that the mag Photoshopped the clothing right off her body (funny how that works).

Disgusted, the high fashion model wrote on her blog: “For my recent Elle Brazil cover shoot I wore a body suit under a sheer dress, but recently discovered that the body suit was Photoshopped out to give the impression that I am showing much more skin than I actually was or am comfortable with. This was specifically against my expressed verbal and written direction. I’m extremely disappointed that my wishes and contract were ignored. I strongly believe every model has a right to set rules for how she is portrayed and for me these rules were clearly circumvented.”

Instead of utterly disrespecting this model’s core values, Elle could have simply booked another woman to cover its May issue. Not cool, Elle.

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Helena Rubenstein Cosmetics, What Have You Done to Demi?!
Many of us can’t deny that without airbrushing and Photoshop, Demi Moore is a strong, attractive woman. But from the looks of it, the photo editors over at Helena Rubenstein cosmetics disagree: they’ve altered Moore so much that she’s unrecognizable. 
In this image, the 49-year-old actress has been transformed into a poreless, washed-out mannequin. Her face isn’t even a similar shape! 
Helena Rubenstein, I think I’ll skip the makeup. My pores like to breathe. Oh, and I’d rather not look like a robot. 
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Helena Rubenstein Cosmetics, What Have You Done to Demi?!

Many of us can’t deny that without airbrushing and Photoshop, Demi Moore is a strong, attractive woman. But from the looks of it, the photo editors over at Helena Rubenstein cosmetics disagree: they’ve altered Moore so much that she’s unrecognizable.

In this image, the 49-year-old actress has been transformed into a poreless, washed-out mannequin. Her face isn’t even a similar shape!

Helena Rubenstein, I think I’ll skip the makeup. My pores like to breathe. Oh, and I’d rather not look like a robot.

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At Forever 21, Models Don’t Need Kneecaps 
Spring signifies warm breezes, fresh fruit…oh, and absolute Photoshop madness. An astute reporter at Buzzfeed noticed something off about Forever 21’s models. Besides having dangerously slim waistlines, these ladies’ kneecaps seemed to be Photoshopped right off. 
It’s astounding that mega chain retailers believe that women want to check out models with missing body parts. And from the looks at the comments this story has elicited, most of us would rather not gawk at women who look like Barbie dolls. Not cool, Forever 21. 
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At Forever 21, Models Don’t Need Kneecaps

Spring signifies warm breezes, fresh fruit…oh, and absolute Photoshop madness. An astute reporter at Buzzfeed noticed something off about Forever 21’s models. Besides having dangerously slim waistlines, these ladies’ kneecaps seemed to be Photoshopped right off.

It’s astounding that mega chain retailers believe that women want to check out models with missing body parts. And from the looks at the comments this story has elicited, most of us would rather not gawk at women who look like Barbie dolls. Not cool, Forever 21.

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Paddy Power Wants You to “Spot the Stallions from the Mares” in its Transphobic Commercial

When many of us sprawl across the couch, remote in hand, we can expect to watch our favorite television shows without being barraged with mean-spirited commercials attacking our gender identities. But for transgender people, the attacks don’t stop –not even at home.

Paddy Power, an Irish betting company, recently released commercials in the UK asking viewers to “spot the stallions from the mares.” The stallions referred to transgender women, who were sprinkled through the crowd of “mares” at the Cheltenham festival.

According to an article from the Guardian, the company has already received a sea of complaints from upset customers. Nevertheless, it continues to regard the ad as “a bit of mild-mannered fun.”

In a statement released on its on its website, the LGBT Lib Dems Northern Ireland wrote, “To use the subject of transgender in such a degrading and mocking way is a clear cut case of transphobia…What is worse is that the advert appeared during Sky Sports very popular Soccer Saturday not just once but three times.”

Two years ago, the company found itself in a similar position over an ad starring a blind man kicking a cat. Can it get any more not cool?

Sign the petition urging Paddy Power to stop creating this type of content here.

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UniLad Tells College Men That Raping Women is Okay 
If you’re reading this, you probably understand that the horrific crime of rape is nothing to joke about. But apparently, online magazine UniLad didn’t receive that memo. 
In a recent article titled “Sexual Mathematics”, the British mag insinuated that a college man should sexually assault his date if she refuses to “spread for your head.” 
“If the girl you’ve taken for a drink…won’t ‘spread for your head,’ think about this mathematical statistic: 85% of rape cases go unreported. That seems to be fairly good odds,” part of article reads. 
Of course, UniLad attempts to push a disclaimer at the end of the piece, which as it turns out, is just as offensive as the rest of the article. It states that rape is not okay unless the offender says “surprise” first. 
Unsurprisingly, these derogatory attitudes carried over to UniLad’s Twitter. When a woman protested the article over the social networking site, a UniLad editor asked her, “Are you a dyke?” 
Though this article has been removed and the site has temporarily shuttered due to public outrage, these types of statements are dangerous, upsetting, and certainly not cool. 
Sign the petition urging UniLad to cease publishing this type of content here. 
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UniLad Tells College Men That Raping Women is Okay

If you’re reading this, you probably understand that the horrific crime of rape is nothing to joke about. But apparently, online magazine UniLad didn’t receive that memo.

In a recent article titled “Sexual Mathematics”, the British mag insinuated that a college man should sexually assault his date if she refuses to “spread for your head.”

“If the girl you’ve taken for a drink…won’t ‘spread for your head,’ think about this mathematical statistic: 85% of rape cases go unreported. That seems to be fairly good odds,” part of article reads.

Of course, UniLad attempts to push a disclaimer at the end of the piece, which as it turns out, is just as offensive as the rest of the article. It states that rape is not okay unless the offender says “surprise” first.

Unsurprisingly, these derogatory attitudes carried over to UniLad’s Twitter. When a woman protested the article over the social networking site, a UniLad editor asked her, “Are you a dyke?”

Though this article has been removed and the site has temporarily shuttered due to public outrage, these types of statements are dangerous, upsetting, and certainly not cool.

Sign the petition urging UniLad to cease publishing this type of content here.

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Propaganda Alert: Randall Terry to Air Aborted Fetus Ads During Super Bowl Sunday
Anti-choice activist Randall Terry thinks your family should be subjected to graphic images of aborted fetuses with their popcorn during the February 5th Super Bowl. 
Referred to as a “longshot presidential candidate” by CNN –yes, this self-proclaimed Democrat has attempted to challenge Obama for the presidency– team Terry has purchased time slots during the biggest sports event of the year. 
Terry reported that he has already dropped cash for spots in 13 markets. According to CNN, commercials will run in five different locations during the game: Ada, Oklahoma; Grand Junction, Colorado; Paducah, Kentucky; and Joplin and Springfield, Missouri. The other eight will run during the pregame. 
In a message to supporters earlier this month, Terry wrote: 
“We will reach TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, and get enormous media coverage as well. And THAT, my friend, is what the babies deserve. And it is exactly what people like “Sophia” and The Abortion Gang who murder unborn babies dread. They FEAR Americans seeing the truth. Let’s be a voice for the babies.”
If his words aren’t troubling enough, there isn’t much the networks can do to put a halt to this type of content. According to Section 315 of the FCC Telecommunications Act, stations are prohibited from altering or censoring political ads within 45 days of a presidential primary or caucus.
Though these commercials will most likely be plastered across our television screens come February, you can still let NBC know that this propaganda campaign is so not cool. 

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Propaganda Alert: Randall Terry to Air Aborted Fetus Ads During Super Bowl Sunday

Anti-choice activist Randall Terry thinks your family should be subjected to graphic images of aborted fetuses with their popcorn during the February 5th Super Bowl.

Referred to as a “longshot presidential candidate” by CNN –yes, this self-proclaimed Democrat has attempted to challenge Obama for the presidency– team Terry has purchased time slots during the biggest sports event of the year.

Terry reported that he has already dropped cash for spots in 13 markets. According to CNN, commercials will run in five different locations during the game: Ada, Oklahoma; Grand Junction, Colorado; Paducah, Kentucky; and Joplin and Springfield, Missouri. The other eight will run during the pregame.

In a message to supporters earlier this month, Terry wrote:

“We will reach TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS, and get enormous media coverage as well. And THAT, my friend, is what the babies deserve. And it is exactly what people like “Sophia” and The Abortion Gang who murder unborn babies dread. They FEAR Americans seeing the truth. Let’s be a voice for the babies.”

If his words aren’t troubling enough, there isn’t much the networks can do to put a halt to this type of content. According to Section 315 of the FCC Telecommunications Act, stations are prohibited from altering or censoring political ads within 45 days of a presidential primary or caucus.

Though these commercials will most likely be plastered across our television screens come February, you can still let NBC know that this propaganda campaign is so not cool.


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Photoshop: A Tool for Advertisers…and Sex Offenders 
A great many of us know that Photoshop is often misused (just take a trip to your local drugstore’s beauty aisle). But last week, we were horrified by a story that tops all Photoshop blunders.
According to an FBI press release, a 53-year-old man named Dirk LaPaglia was just sentenced to six years in prison for creating hundreds of pornographic images of approximately two dozen little girls using Photoshop. 
He also confessed to breaking and entering into neighbors’ homes and delivering anonymous packages containing lingerie and details of his sexual encounters with both adults and minors. Investigators found that in some instances, he was even in these girls’ bedrooms.
But that’s not all. According to the FBI report: “The examination of the computer also revealed that LaPaglia had clandestinely entered several neighbors’ homes, found the girl’s bedroom, placed the girl’s undergarments on the girl’s bed, and then filmed himself engaging in auto-erotic behavior. The computer evidence additionally showed that LaPaglia had established a Facebook account in which he masqueraded as a high school girl in an effort to obtain more photos of his victims. Finally, law enforcement found on LaPaglia’s computer letters ostensibly from lingerie sellers such as Victoria’s Secret that were addressed to his victims. In these letters, LaPaglia dangled the opportunity of lucrative modeling contracts if the girls would send sample photos to an e-mail address that further investigation showed was registered to LaPaglia.”
Read the full release here. 
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Photoshop: A Tool for Advertisers…and Sex Offenders

A great many of us know that Photoshop is often misused (just take a trip to your local drugstore’s beauty aisle). But last week, we were horrified by a story that tops all Photoshop blunders.

According to an FBI press release, a 53-year-old man named Dirk LaPaglia was just sentenced to six years in prison for creating hundreds of pornographic images of approximately two dozen little girls using Photoshop.

He also confessed to breaking and entering into neighbors’ homes and delivering anonymous packages containing lingerie and details of his sexual encounters with both adults and minors. Investigators found that in some instances, he was even in these girls’ bedrooms.

But that’s not all. According to the FBI report: “The examination of the computer also revealed that LaPaglia had clandestinely entered several neighbors’ homes, found the girl’s bedroom, placed the girl’s undergarments on the girl’s bed, and then filmed himself engaging in auto-erotic behavior. The computer evidence additionally showed that LaPaglia had established a Facebook account in which he masqueraded as a high school girl in an effort to obtain more photos of his victims. Finally, law enforcement found on LaPaglia’s computer letters ostensibly from lingerie sellers such as Victoria’s Secret that were addressed to his victims. In these letters, LaPaglia dangled the opportunity of lucrative modeling contracts if the girls would send sample photos to an e-mail address that further investigation showed was registered to LaPaglia.”

Read the full release here.

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Get a Clue: In Yet Another Photoshop Mishap, Vogue Model’s Leg Disappears 
It’s not exactly a secret that Vogue employs an infamous little tool named Photoshop, but we think this is going a bit too far. While Amber Valletta’s face looks mighty poreless, we’re more concerned about her missing leg. The last time we checked, she had two. 
Check this legless situation out for yourself in the magazine’s January issue. 
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Get a Clue: In Yet Another Photoshop Mishap, Vogue Model’s Leg Disappears

It’s not exactly a secret that Vogue employs an infamous little tool named Photoshop, but we think this is going a bit too far. While Amber Valletta’s face looks mighty poreless, we’re more concerned about her missing leg. The last time we checked, she had two.

Check this legless situation out for yourself in the magazine’s January issue.

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“Misleading” Covergirl Ad Gets the Boot
We’ve all glimpsed at our fair share of mascara ads featuring perfectly coiffed, polished, and Photoshopped models. But most of us have come to realize that there’s no chance our lashes will ever reach those great heights. 
And earlier this month, the National Advertising Division (NAD) decided to do something about the untruthful ads littering beauty aisles everywhere. First up: Covergirl’s NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara ad featuring Taylor Swift that was altered post production. Essentially, this means that not only did Swift receive star treatment for her lashes from makeup artists, but computer programs also had a say in how they looked, too.  
Misleading? Undeniably. Surprising? Not so much. Still, lawyers over at NAD decided not to let this one slide. Proctor & Gamble, Covergirl’s parent company, fully cooperated and killed the ad. Though NAD can’t actually force companies to oblige, it does have connections with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which can take legal action against brands.
We hope that this ordeal will set a precedent for honesty in advertising, because let’s face it: we deserve better than half-truths and enhanced images. 
For additional information, including statements from a NAD representative, visit BettyConfidential.  
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“Misleading” Covergirl Ad Gets the Boot

We’ve all glimpsed at our fair share of mascara ads featuring perfectly coiffed, polished, and Photoshopped models. But most of us have come to realize that there’s no chance our lashes will ever reach those great heights.

And earlier this month, the National Advertising Division (NAD) decided to do something about the untruthful ads littering beauty aisles everywhere. First up: Covergirl’s NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara ad featuring Taylor Swift that was altered post production. Essentially, this means that not only did Swift receive star treatment for her lashes from makeup artists, but computer programs also had a say in how they looked, too.  

Misleading? Undeniably. Surprising? Not so much. Still, lawyers over at NAD decided not to let this one slide. Proctor & Gamble, Covergirl’s parent company, fully cooperated and killed the ad. Though NAD can’t actually force companies to oblige, it does have connections with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which can take legal action against brands.

We hope that this ordeal will set a precedent for honesty in advertising, because let’s face it: we deserve better than half-truths and enhanced images.

For additional information, including statements from a NAD representative, visit BettyConfidential. 

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Men’s Magazines and Rapists: Speaking the Same Language? 
Spotted: a cute guy paging through the latest men’s magazine. Well, it’s not the next great American novel, but it’s kind of sexy, no? Um, not according to a brand new study that will appear in the British Journal of Psychology. 
Researchers at the University of Surrey and Middlesex University have found that it’s difficult for men and women alike to distinguish passages in men’s magazines from statements that came straight out of the mouths of rapists. 
Here’s how the study went down: a group of guys and gals were given excerpts published last year by leading men’s magazines in the UK (FHM, Loaded, Nuts, and Zoo) and quotes from convicted rapists that appeared in the book, The Rapist Files. 
Going in, they weren’t told which selection came from where. Coming out, they still weren’t able to distinguish the quotes made by rapists from the magazine excerpts. And what’s really terrifying: the researchers then showed each of the passages to men outside of the group, whom Jezebel reports “were more likely to identify with the rapists’ statements than the lad mag excerpts.”
The (kind of dull) silver lining: when the statements were actually labeled, men immediately shied away from the rapists’ words. 
“There is a fundamental concern that the content of such magazines normalizes the treatment of women as sexual objects,” Dr. Peter Hegarty, a co-author of the study, said in a press release. “We are not killjoys or prudes who think that there should be no sexual information and media for young people. But are teenage boys and young men best prepared for fulfilling love and sex when they normalize views about women that are disturbingly close to those mirrored in the language of sexual offenders?”
Can you tell: which statement was made by a rapist and which appeared in a men’s magazine? 
I think girls are like plasticine, if you warm them up you can do anything you want with them.
Vs.
You’ll find most girls will be reluctant about going to bed with somebody or crawling in the back seat of a car … But you can usually seduce them, and they’ll do it willingly.
For the answer, and more shocking statements, visit Jezebel. Not cool on SO many levels.                                                             
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Men’s Magazines and Rapists: Speaking the Same Language?

Spotted: a cute guy paging through the latest men’s magazine. Well, it’s not the next great American novel, but it’s kind of sexy, no? Um, not according to a brand new study that will appear in the British Journal of Psychology.

Researchers at the University of Surrey and Middlesex University have found that it’s difficult for men and women alike to distinguish passages in men’s magazines from statements that came straight out of the mouths of rapists.

Here’s how the study went down: a group of guys and gals were given excerpts published last year by leading men’s magazines in the UK (FHM, Loaded, Nuts, and Zoo) and quotes from convicted rapists that appeared in the book, The Rapist Files.

Going in, they weren’t told which selection came from where. Coming out, they still weren’t able to distinguish the quotes made by rapists from the magazine excerpts. And what’s really terrifying: the researchers then showed each of the passages to men outside of the group, whom Jezebel reports “were more likely to identify with the rapists’ statements than the lad mag excerpts.”

The (kind of dull) silver lining: when the statements were actually labeled, men immediately shied away from the rapists’ words.

“There is a fundamental concern that the content of such magazines normalizes the treatment of women as sexual objects,” Dr. Peter Hegarty, a co-author of the study, said in a press release. “We are not killjoys or prudes who think that there should be no sexual information and media for young people. But are teenage boys and young men best prepared for fulfilling love and sex when they normalize views about women that are disturbingly close to those mirrored in the language of sexual offenders?”

Can you tell: which statement was made by a rapist and which appeared in a men’s magazine?

I think girls are like plasticine, if you warm them up you can do anything you want with them.

Vs.

You’ll find most girls will be reluctant about going to bed with somebody or crawling in the back seat of a car … But you can usually seduce them, and they’ll do it willingly.

For the answer, and more shocking statements, visit Jezebel. Not cool on SO many levels.                                                            

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