Apparently Victoria’s Secret is hiring retouchers from the same place as Ralph Lauren, but wherever they come from, someone’s been abusing the deformed Photoshop filter again (comes in the Fashion Freakshow Basics brush and filter pack, right above the tapeworm tool, and below the de-rib filter).
On one hand it’s nice to know that not even Victoria’s Secret models look like Victoria’s Secret models. On the other, much larger hand (we can Photoshop a picture of that, or just wait for VS to get around to it), the point of having models is to give women an idea of what the clothing you’re selling might look like on them. Somewhere out there, we’re sure there are some women with tragic deformities that give them sharply angled hips and 14-inch waists, but we’re not so sure they represent most of the Victoria’s Secret buying audience. We know – even in real life, the Victoria’s Secret girls probably don’t look like the average Victoria’s Secret shopper, but at least they look like they were on the receiving end of genetic fortune instead of a genetic accident.
In the 2nd and 3rd photo it’s not impossible that it could be the result of how the model is posing – we don’t doubt that small waists can exist without Photoshop foolery, but we draw your attention to them to compare just how terrible the Photoshop abuse is in other photos (specifically the pink lace top, blue dress and white bandeau top). Though when we compare a Mario Testino photo of Candice Swanepoel with a Victoria’s Secret photo? Pretty sure those precise, strangely smooth, Gumbyesque curves are difficult to achieve outside of a computer lab.