Loading...
Simply Chic Simply Chic Blog Home

Are Thin Models Going Out of Style?

By Kim Anne Aug 27, 2012 5:43PM

We’ve been dealing with the concept of fashion magazines airbrushing models to look thinner and prettier for years, but just when we thought that it was out of control, we find out that apparently, thin isn’t in—at least like it used to be.

According to Blisstree.com, magazines are now airbrushing models to make them look heavier, after discovering that thin doesn’t always sell.

“I have to airbrush clients’ to make them appear bigger and more womanly before I submit photographs,” a talent manager told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column, according to the site. “Skinny doesn’t sell.”

Related: Beauty Secrets Every Woman Must Know

The process has been dubbed as “reverse retouching,” where models are being digitally enhanced to look larger and curvier to appeal to the magazines’ audiences.

Related: 10 Wardrobe Essentials Every Woman Should Own

On one hand, it’s great that the trend to use pin-thin models is fading, but on the other hand, why not use healthy, curvy models instead of digitally enhancing skinnier ones?

Tell us in the comments below: Do you think reverse retouching is a good thing?

Photo: Courtesy BlissTree

More from Living:
How to Wear Fall’s Biggest Trends Now
27 Hairstyles to Try Right Now
In Honor of Taylor Swift’s Red Album, Her Best Red Looks

 

746Comments
Aug 28, 2012 11:17PM
avatar
I find it almost humorous how it's ok to make rude comments about us thin girls, but all hell would break loose if we were to revert those same comments in relation to the overweight person.  For example: someone brought treats into the office and offered them around.  Being a sugar freak, I eagerly accepted only to have this chunky person tell me to take two because I needed the extra fat.  Had I said - I'll take those from you, you don't need the extra fat, I would have been yanked into the HR office before I could blink.  But because I'm a natural (no dieting or exercise required) size 0, or 00 depending on the make, and do not fall in line with America's obesity problem apparently that makes it ok to constantly make comments about my weight.  Thin people have just as many weight issues as chunky people.  I have just as difficult of a time gaining and even maintaining my weight as chunky people do losing. 
Aug 28, 2012 8:48PM
avatar
I have my opinion and you have yours. Just because I have a different opinion than yours doesn't  give you the right to rebuke me for mine.
Aug 28, 2012 6:12PM
avatar
I was replying to a comment saying that the article never mentions obese
 
 
the reason I am referring to obese is that when you see plus size models they aren't usually healthy weight they are over the "heavy girl' they show above is not the typical plus size model. The people who are fussing about the models being too thin are for the most part obese perhaps not morbidly but they are obese. Please do not lump me in with those who are being demeaning and crass toward overweight people I am the only member of my extended family that is in shape and I do that by conscious choice. The article does not mention that but the comments section is full of people who are referring to individuals that are obviously beyond just a few extra lbs. If you are heavy and are happy fine and great but you cannot tell me you don't feel better when you lose 20lbs and are active or that you don't feel worse when you gain that same weight sitting on your tail. I am not out to hate on or insult the obese people but by definition the plus size models are obese medically and that comes with the whole slew of health issues. Yes you can bee too skinny and have health problems I am not supporting anorexia or bulimia but rather fit in shape models fit in shape people who are serving as a goal to aspire to instead of just swapping out to reflect the overweight out of shape population. Just because most people are overweight doesn't make it more attractive or healthier it doesn't make it safer or beautiful it makes it common and scary... it makes those who look after themselves and workout more rare and beautiful by comparison, Now everyone has their own personal taste but why aspire to fail ???? Why aim at something that isn't right, isn't the best, isn't difficult ... We are not a country based on simple easy things we are based in hard work, sweat, blood and tears. We earned and fought for our freedoms and liberties yet we now tell our young people they should aspire to mediocracy instead of excellence that they should aspire to just be able to walk around instead of using a rascal like that is some great goal. Our Olympic athletes are now viewed as less than our teen pop stars ... the 17 year old girl who won multiple swimming golds was more interested in Bieber Fever than her accomplishment ... what happened to having role models because they were excellent instead of average ... these people that airbrush are doing it to appeal to people for sales the real models are the ones you yourself drool over in the movie posters (Magic Mike) or on the Calenders.... I see dozens of morbidly obese women on Channing Tatum's facebook offering themselves or being angry that such a 'hot guy' wants nothing to do with them physically. This is a mystery to some of my most out of shape friends ... mystery solved he looks like that because he WORKS at it hard every day why would he settle for someone who put in so much less effort and interest in their own life and health... I know little off topic but seriously guys... we set our children up for failure when we teach them not to shoot for the best and that they should aspire to be average or in this case hafty, chubby, fat, large, big boned, or yes obese...
Aug 28, 2012 2:55PM
avatar
Too start off I'm not saying you shouldn't be proud of your hard work & getting your pregnancy weight off, all I'm saying is just because everyone isn't skinny or a size 2 they aren't all fat!  I'm a mother of 5 & a grandmother of 7 a size 7 & I'm not fat at all.  Women were meant to have curves & these models (not all but most) are straight up & down, they are not realistic women heck most of them have health issues maybe not now but in their later lives.  We come in all different sizes, colors, nationalities so no one size is right just like opinions just because the opinion is not what one thinks doesn't make it wrong either just a different opinion.
Aug 28, 2012 2:38PM
avatar

How is it that society has bought into the idea for even this long that "women" look best as stick figures/skinny? I think the most flattering figures are the ones that ARE curvy, unlike model #1 which has an underdeveloped teen's body despite the fact that she appears to be possibly in her early 20's. Both models #2 and #3 have curves. Sex appeal is what sells and whoever can manage to acheive the elusive coke bottle curves, that is what is and will always be timeless and marketable to the masses.

Aug 28, 2012 2:22PM
avatar
the percentage of fat women to  skinny has to be about ten thousand to one. go to a sports bar and one will see that most of the women are fat and they range from twenty to forty years of age and they are OK with being fat.  How can someone being happy about being fat they have almost a 100% chance of becoming sick. They can't run, they smell, their sweaty all the time, no one wants to be wtih them for sex unless its another fat person or a loser or they are rich. So storys like this just promote women to be lazy and become fat.
Aug 28, 2012 2:21PM
avatar

I never agreed with photo retouching at all, with the sole exception of correcting things like light washout and the dreaded "red eye.".  It used to be the practice even by those "family portrait" photographers, and I'm sure some still do it.  I have pictures of my family that I can't even recognize, because they don't look one bit like them.  As for models - when culture is shaped by what people see in magazines and on television, it's no wonder so many people are plagued with self-doubt, when pictures are retouched to the point that they're seeing held up before them an ideal that is completely impossible for most people to achieve.  How about let's take a new course:  Quit retouching photos altogether and let us see each other as nature made us.  We'll all be healthier for it.

Report
Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
Categories
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?

beauty tips and style advice

  • Women trying on shoes (Photo: Getty Images)

    Sorry, everyone, but our feet are getting bigger

    Average shoe size is up about two sizes since the '70s, study says.

  • Vip-Blitz\X17online.com // Vip-Blitz\X17online.com

    5 celeb wedding guests with killer style

    They can't escape wedding season, so they might as well look their best.

  • g1

    The petite girl’s definitive guide to summer’s biggest fashion trends

    Front-row style star Miroslava Duma just clears 5′, Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon one-ups her—literally—at 5′ 1″, and fashion crush Rachel Bilson barely tops them both at a whopping 5′ 2″. But aside from standing at the diminutive end of the height spectrum, these three ladies have something else in common: the ability to nail every summer fashion trend. If you’re part of the petite girls’ club, take a look at these 12 fashion essentials—from closet staples to chic accessories—to keep you at the top of your style game this summer.

  • Best sundresses for every body

    The 11 best sundresses for your body shape

    Quick, easy, everywhere-appropriate: There's no summer piece quite as versatile--or flattering.

  • Mark Andrew // Magazine

    8 outfit formulas that work on every body type, every time

    These fresh, cute outfit ideas range from unexpected mash-ups to completely coordinated looks. What they all have in common is they'll get you out the door feeling totally confident.

  • a1

    The top 6 no-makeup makeup looks

    Because it actually takes some makeup—maybe even a few false lashes—to look beautifully bare-faced.

  • How to take care of yellowing teeth

    11 common grooming problems, solved

    Make a good impression by presenting the best form of yourself. Even when luck's against you--for instance, you encounter a huge zit the week before an important presentation--take action now. Here are fixes for your most common grooming mishaps.

  • 1

    Olivia Palermo isn’t the first star to wear a nontraditional bridal look! See more unique celebrity wedding dresses

    We’re still dreaming about Olivia Palermo’s unconventional yet impossibly chic wedding-day ensemble. The shorts! The jutting tulle skirt overlay! The creamy cashmere sweater! Everything about this layered look is as trend-setting as it is unique.And though she may be the first star to walk down the aisle in shorts, Olivia isn’t the first celebrity to say “I do” in something nontraditional. Several boundary-pushing stars have skipped the all-white look, and instead opted for a colorful wedding dress.

  • young adult woman with summer hat (young adult woman with summer hat)

    7 hair hacks for dealing with crazy summer humidity

    Keep your tresses looking their best, even on the muggiest of summer days, with these tips

  • a1

    User’s guide to style: Wide-leg pants

    Wide-leg pants are blowing up. Six women show us how to style a pair by Lauren Ralph Lauren.

  • Lucky

    What to wear on every kind of date

    It’s the best and worst time to be a single girl in the dating world. On the one hand, past generations of women didn’t have the freedom, financial independence, access to birth control (depending on your state and employer, of course), or plethora of options to meet new people—online and off—that we enjoy today. On the other hand, they also didn’t have to worry about sexting, selecting the best selfie for their profile picture, or accidentally swiping right on a coworker.

  • Lucky

    Your guide to hair accessories

    If you’re anything like me, you probably haven’t gone anywhere near a hair accessory for years—save for the few stretched-out Goody elastics tumbling around at the bottom of your handbag, the slightly rusty bobby pins gathering dust at the back of your medicine cabinet or that scrunchie you use to pull your hair back when washing your face in the morning. For as long as I can remember, hair adornments have been slapped with somewhat of a childish reputation; when’s the last time you saw a girl over the age of 11 wearing a barrette or witnessed a woman past her teen years sporting a headband?

follow us
follow us follow us on facebook follow us on pinterest follow us on twitter
buzzing now on msn living
Loading...
about our blog contributors
Loading...
style videos
editor's picks
Loading...