Ralph Lauren has received much criticism for the extreme alterations to this photo, used in promotional posters in a Japanese store.
The image has been photoshopped so much that it looks physically impossible. The model, Filippa Hamilton’s, waist appears to be the same width as her head – promoting a completly unrealistic body type.
Hamilton, 23, went on the Today programme this week and said: “I saw my face on this super-extremely skinny girl, which is not me; it’s not healthy, it’s not right.”
Ralph Lauren has admitted this was a mistake (after it was heavily condemned) and stated that the image was not supposed to have been published or printed.
Hamilton has worked with the label for the past five years but was fired in April, shortly before the photo was printed. She claims this is because at 120lb and 5ft 10in, she was told she was too over-weight to model the designer’s clothes.
Ralph Lauren have strongly denied firing the model because of her weight and said it actually because she had not fulfilled her modelling contract properly.
After the ‘mistake’ with the publication of the photo, I find it hard to believe the model’s weight was not a factor in ending her contract.