The 'Missing' Arm On The Cover Of Vogue Russia: Photoshop Or Angle?

The August cover of Vogue Russia has a small issue that people have been talking about. They have been questioning whether or not it was another Photoshop mishap or just a matter of angle? The beautiful model, Natasha Poly, graces this cover and we can assure you she has all her limbs intact. We'd like to know your thoughts on whether or not this is just a matter of angle, or if the missing arm was definitely an oversight. 

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James Allan's picture

Could be either angle or carelessness in post?  I'm going with angle though as I think it's possible for her to have her hand where it is and her arm obscured by her neck and head. 

Stan Olszewski's picture

She looks skinny. I'm going with shooting and posing angle.

Tam Nguyen's picture

Dude have you seen Annie Leibovitz’s shoot with Karli Kloss with the Olympians for Vogue June 2012? The retouching looks worse than this.

Chris Conti's picture

Definitely angle. You can see the shadow of the arm behind her head.

Bert McLendon's picture

That is crappy post.  If you see the angle of the wrist (where it doesn't bend anywhere past that point) is pointing about 45 degrees NW and back slightly (looking at the image), her arm would be visible.... unless she has a stub arm...  which I'm assuming could be the case because it's cold in Russia. =)

Jens Olsson's picture

Either way, its a horrible cover.

Corrado Gemini's picture

angle, i really don't like the shot anyway.

Scott Bourke's picture

Your not wrong about the Olympic shots by Leibovitz Tam. No correlation between athlete and supermodel

Këmisch Herzensbrecher's picture

Angle, the right arm is behind the head.

Jr Miller's picture

Terrible shot..even if it's just the angle..nobody wants "Thing" appearing out of nowhere.

Chris D Johnson's picture

Photoshop, it would be physically impossible otherwise, they obviously had a freak out at last minute when the text was overlaying her arm and clashed with the red text so they took the arm out. either way its a horrible shot though.

Jay Malone's picture

 Not physically impossible.  Her left arm is extended and that is her right hand you are I assume her right arm is merely hidden behind her head.  If you were seeing left hand...then yes physically impossible.  I Don't think this is a photoshop mishap.

Gabriel Carvalho's picture

Finally thats about it, its not the same arm....

Keith Hammond's picture

she could be one of those circus contortionists

George Socka's picture

now i gotta find a june vogue USA

Michael Errey's picture

It is her right hand that you are seeing, so it is just the angle.  If it were her left arm then her thumb would be facing the camera.  Alternatively, she may have lived near Cheronbyl as a child and any sort of deformity of limbs is possible. Not a fan of the pic generally.

RE Casper's picture

Maybe she needs a snickers bar and thicken those limbs up so they are visible with the human eye.

Moldoveanu Stefan's picture

The hand that we can see is the right arm , so is not missing is just the angle

Vincent A. Palma's picture

Like Moldoveanu said.. It´s the right hand not left. So its the angle that makes it a second thinker.

Angle, totally possible.

Werner Rolli's picture

Try this in front of a mirror: it is the angle. although as a photographer I wouldn't let anyone see this. Where there's a hand, there's gotta be an arm so it is the photographers duty to see to that. If a retoucher hat remove an arm like this, I'd be on his neck ...

Don't know if this has already been pointed out ... but all you have to do is look for the thumb.  Angle.

chris steel's picture

having just tried to do this... photoshop error. there is no way her shoulder can rotate that far back

Jacques's picture


What is all this fuss about?

Mayowa Adelugba's picture

Angle, clearly. Stupid post.

Greg Grosse's picture

It's PhotoShop. It is physically impossible at that angle to hide the arm. Going off of the angle of her hand, the arm would be very visible on the side/above her head. Try it in the mirror. You will see a your arm......for sure.

Rod's picture

Or she is a mutant and she is a gorilla woman. And in this case, it's possible.

Smashbase's picture

I think it's the angle of the shot. 

Nour El Refai's picture

Angle, its terrible 

hahah her hand is growing out of her head. the new hand pony tail. *smh how awful

Gustaveux's picture

Russian people have missing arms when photographing.

Paul Ferradas's picture

Are you guys serious?!?! It's not the ANGLE, it's photoshopped. 

Christopher Mims's picture

she needs a sandwich

Shopped. Period. Crappy shot either way.

Joel Aron's picture

This is not even worth a debate.. clearly not a photoshop job above the usual skin dusting and eye work.   let's do a little human anatomy quiz..  if you hold your left arm up, and drop it over your head as she is, then your thumb would be facing camera and your palm facing out.  so now, lift your right arm up over your head and grab your left ear.   That is what she is doing.  Haters always gotta hate when it's not their image on the cover of a magazine!  ;)   ...granted, that palm shape of her hand at this angle looks like an inflated latex glove, and would not of been my select.

James W. Strength's picture

Its camera angle. It it were her hand from the arm closest to the camera, you would see her thumb on her hand not her pinky finger. The hand that you see is on the arm farthest from the camera. She has her elbow dropped so you cant see it behind her.

Zhivko Slaveykov Petrov's picture

If you are not obese you can hide your hand like this. Especially if you are flexible. I tried it ... works.