On condition of complete anonymity, the retoucher who quit Victoria's Secret told how the photographs of "angels" are being changed.
It's no secret that all photos of stars are processed before publication in magazines or in advertising campaigns. More than once or twice journalists (including us) have made selections of photos before and after Photoshop. But sometimes you don't even know that the photo has been processed. A person who worked for Victoria's Secret for several years as a retoucher, on condition of anonymity, told what really happens with the photographs of models.
“For a long time, I treated this as just a job. Subtract here, add there, and so on. But over time, I realized that I was participating in a terrible business. That, among other things, because of me, many girls around the world are acquiring complexes about their appearance. Many will become anorexic or ruin their health with endless diets, because because of me they believe that the ideal body looks like this. I felt terribly ashamed. I quit my job and I want to tell the whole truth, ”says the retoucher.
“Before we start shooting, they insert tabs into swimsuits for volume, sometimes their total weight exceeds a kilogram. Everything is corrected on the model: chest, butt, until everyone is satisfied. What you see in the photo has a very distant relationship to the real body of the model, believe me. Moreover, it often looks terrible (I mean in real life): all these pads and tabs on a skinny body look completely obvious. You didn't notice anything thanks to people like me. ”
“If the leotard model does not allow the use of inserts and inlays, the model puts on underwear that tightens at the waist and hips and adds volume to the chest. And only on top - a swimsuit. I swore more than once on organizers who did not think that this corrective underwear was at least without straps, because it is terribly difficult to restore the natural look of the skin in the areas where the tissue has cut into the flesh. ”
“Every time I received photos for processing, I saw the same instructions in front of me:“ Remove the nipples, make the breasts rounder, taller, form a hollow, make the breasts symmetrical and bring them to size C. ”<
“Having convinced that modern retouching technologies allow us to make the skin of the armpits so smooth, as if the hair had never grown there in principle, the models stopped taking care of themselves. Several times I had to do "photoepilation", pardon the pun, not only for the armpits, but also for the bikini area. I'm not even talking about the fact that I removed the natural folds of the skin, any irregularities in the form of "goose bumps", if it was cool on the set, I smoothed the skin millimeter by millimeter so as not to miss a single hair, not a single reddened vessel! " p>