Magazine airbrushes out Karlie Kloss's ribs after Vogue shoot sparked eating disorder controversy
07:31 GMT, 27 September 2012
She is no stranger to people critiquing her body. So when Karlie Kloss saw that Japanese magazine Numro had airbrushed out her prominent ribs in a photoshoot, she was probably quite relieved.
The original photo, shot by Greg Kadel and released by his studio, showed the 20-year-old model leaning back with her hands behind her head.
But the image that made its way onto the pages of the magazine's October issue, Kloss's ribs, sternum and prominent collar bones had been smoothed over.
Some have criticised the move, saying that that the images of Karlie
show a slender model with normal ribs for a slim person leaning backwards – and suggest that the airbrushing by Nmero was over-zealous.
LEFT: The image of Karlie Kloss printed in
Numro magazine, and RIGHT: The image sent out by Greg Kadel's studio
that shows Karlie Kloss's ribs as they were in the original shoot
But to the editors of Numro magazine, what may have seemed heavy-handed to some was likely a pre-emptive move to avoid the sort of
furore that arose last time Chicago-born Kloss appeared naked in a magazine.
In a shoot for Vogue Italia with
Steven Meisel last December, images showing Kloss's protruding hip bones
and minuscule waist sparked heated debate after they appeared on
The photos were replicated across the
globe on myriad so-called Thinspiration sites, websites where vulnerable
women and men post images and words that they believe will help them to
lose weight to be more like their icons. Eating disorder associations spoke out to say that Kloss's slight frame could have a negative effect on impressionable girls.
As soon as Vogue Italia learned that the images had appeared on the pro-anorexia sites, they pulled them from their own website.
Some months later, Vogue Italia's editor Franca Sozzani admitted during a speech she gave to students at Harvard University that 'fashion becomes one of the causes' of anorexia.
Too thin model Karlie Kloss on the catwalk at Paris Fashion Week
She discussed the industry's reliance on imagery that glorifies extreme thinness, to the point where we now accept such aesthetic standards as entirely normal, and something to aspire to.
Ms Sozzani explained: 'One of the reasons why a girl starts a too-strict diet is the necessity to correspond to an aesthetic standard which rewards thinness.
'And the current inclination to embrace a female beauty standard that exalts thinness has devastating consequences on many adolescents’ eating habits.'
The model, who says having been compared to Elle Macpherson (she has already been dubbed the new 'Body') gave her 'goosebumps', says her slim figure is down to years of ballet, which she gave up after she was told she was too tall to become a professional dancer.
She told Vogue earlier this year: 'You are physically up for scrutiny by everyone and you hear everyone's opinion. You have to grow thick skin and that only comes with time and learning.'