Designer Roberto Cavalli recently designed a gown for Beyoncé, exclusively for the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. In an official press release that was sent out by the Italian fashion house on Tuesday, one very controversial photo of Beyoncé wearing that dress was attached. In what looks like a heavily Photoshopped image, the company behind this ad made her look very thin, unrealistically thinned and stretched her legs. As art it's interesting, but it wasn't received well by many viewers.
It is relatively well known that fashion designers start their dress designs on paper as a sketch. Sometimes they also use that sketch to promote their work. But in this case, it's very hard to know if it's some kind ultra-realistic-yet-artistic illustration, or real photos that went to the retoucher with a strange view on reality. Cavalli posted the controversial photo on their Facebook and immediately got negative comments ranging from 'bad Photoshop' to 'bad example for kids'.
In recent years, many people have complained that media outlets and major companies over-Photoshop models and celebrities to make them look especially thin and very unrealistic, sometimes to the point of appearing unhealthy. The main complaint is that kids and teens see these kinds of people as role models and get the wrong example of what they should aspire to from these altered photos. Do you think this will happen here or is it just an artistic rendition that won't hurt anyone?