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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.”

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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.

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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

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Aug 27, 2012 6:37PM
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So now we discriminate against the skinny models who aren't heavy enough?  How about people just being happy in their physical bodies without having to use a computer to give you a vision of something you are not?
Aug 27, 2012 6:33PM
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The reason so many people are objecting is because people don't want to promote anorexia, and in all honesty, there's a reason women have hips...to be curvy.  It is appealing to men in general, to have some healthy curve.  No, they don't want unhealthy or obese women (again, in general), but they don't want a coat hanger either. 

 

This is a good sign, and I really hope that women who are strong and healthy start being used for modeling. 

Aug 27, 2012 6:33PM
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"reverse retouching" is an offensive, idiotic term for two reasons. 1.) Retouching is still being done. Also, retouching isn't a dirty word- it is always done on every photo in every magazine- even if it's just a color alteration or cleaning up wrinkles in clothes. Every submitted raw photo image is retouched or people like me wouldn't have jobs. 2.) This "reverse retouching" is not only a nonsense term, it implies it is making the original look "worse" rather than "better", since you normally would retouch a photo to improve it.
Aug 27, 2012 6:30PM
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It is reality finally slapping beauty magazines in the face for trying to make women feel insecure and taking unheathy habits.  Nothing wrong with some meat on the bones as long as they don't look like a thanksgiving turkey!!

Aug 27, 2012 6:29PM
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The one on the right is just skin hanging on a hanger the one in the middle is almost there and the one on the right is just a little over. Women need meat on their bones but not too much.
Aug 27, 2012 6:27PM
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I'm sorry, the skinny model is way to thin and unhealthy looking.  The woman on the left is much more attractive.
Aug 27, 2012 6:24PM
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Let's see, model on the left is hot, model on the right is not.  Umm, I'd say no. 
Aug 27, 2012 6:23PM
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Please please please! tell me its true! think and curvy is where it at!
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