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Victoria’s Secret airbrushes away Candice Swanepoel’s torso

By April 1, 2011 12 Comments
Candice Swanepoel is missing something very important in this Victoria

Candice Swanepoel is missing something very important in this Victoria's Secret photo (hint: it looks like it may be her ribs).

Just in case you needed more proof that models are airbrushed within an inch of their lives (and without a few inches of their torsos).

A big thank you to About-Face reader Christiana who brought our attention to the latest Victoria’s Secret offense.

It’s easy to overlook the Photoshop fiasco at first glance, but take a closer look at where Candice Swanepoel‘s arm meets her hip. Now look at the vacant space directly above it, where her ribs should be.

So yes, we are indeed living in a world where even the genetically “perfect” Victoria’s Secret models are victims of airbrushing gone awry.

And apparently, airbrushing is no longer utilized to blur away a zit or stretch mark, but to digitally eliminate the unsightly bulk of vital bones and organs.

On a related note, About-Face’s Jennifer gleefully discovered a major grammatical oversight in V.S.’s “Incredible” TV spot: “Now there’s five ways to be incredible.” This could be an opportunity to go into a whole “is” versus “are”/singular versus plural rant, but it’s just easier to laugh about it (interestingly enough, the wording on the YouTube page is correct…).

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–Michelle Konstantinovsky is a student at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and an avid admirer of shiny objects and preteen entertainment. It would be nice if you visited her website: www.michellekmedia.com. Also, she may learn to use Twitter more effectively if you follow her @michelley415.