Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Is retouching so bad? No, but it does get iffy if you title your campaign "Real Beauty". Read some of the debate (nicely summed up) here, but don't miss the great New Yorker article that sparked it off. Potential quote-out-of-context aside, the profile of retoucher Pascal Dangin is compellingly written and reveals the artistry behind making a picture perfect (he works for DAYS to tint a field of grass the perfect green!). Anyway who's ever had a go at reworking photos would know what I mean.
In any case, I think the women (thin, plump, in-between, just like their last campaign) in the campaign (I would LOVE to see the Singaporean edition, but naked older women would be pretty outrageous here, I think) look gorgeous, but attainably so. Their skin is lined and sagged in a way I expect an older woman's would, perhaps smoother and softer than the average person, but it's a SKIN ad so I really didn't expect to see someone covered with spots and freckles. It looks the way I hope my skin will look with proper care.
Guess the I totally fell for the campaign, retouched or not.