In new pre-fall 2014 Jimmy Choo adds Nicole Kidman is all but unrecognizable because of photoshopping. And the point is? The 46 year-old actress can be made to look much younger and wholly unlike herself. Critics are lining-up to cry foul over a technique models have been undergoing since the days of airbrushing fueling the fire of the continuing photoshopping controversy.
This debate and the actual paradigm resulting from it, where the ‘thing’ that critics rail against becomes the actual ‘thing’ is akin to auto-tuning in modern day singers. Once simply a tool used by studio engineers for woefully out-of-tune singers, Cher made the actual auto-tuning ‘flange’ sound a recognized effect in her hit “Believe”. As we all know Cher can sing and Nichole Kidman in any stage of photo trickery is certainly worthy of any fashion modeling. It’s just that what used to pass as the effects and trickery used to bring people up to certain standards now seems to be the standard bearer.
H.B.O. “Girls” creator Lena Dunham appeared on a February Vogue cover obviously photoshopped. Her pictures ignited such a fire storm that website Jezebel offered $10,000.00 for the untouched images, which they did eventually get. To all this silliness Dunham tweet: “Some s–t is just too ridiculous to engage…let’s use our energy wisely, 2014.”
Yes, we could come to consider this all a great big cheat, but if pro baseballs stars are allowed to take drugs to enhance their current performance, and it becomes de rigueur, well that’s the playing field (pardon my pun) we are all now playing on, isn’t it? The couture world certainly is in the center of questions about the legitimacy of photoshopping, but really in almost all business a form of ‘cheating’ (if we can even call it that) occurs all the time.
Is this cheating simply the evolution of our abilities?
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