In response to my recent post about the Barbie doll body image, reader Suzy has sent me a very graphic article from the Huffington Post. The article profiles the Brazilian model agency, Star Model, and its campaign against anorexia. The campaign is “You are not a Sketch” and shows first a fashion sketch of three models and then photoshopped images of the actual models in the featured fashionwear. To conform to the sketches the models need to be morphed into an starving and anorexic state. Some of these images are rivetting in their grotesqueness. This is significant in two ways. First, as powerful and vivid images that make an important point. And second, as an example of how image manipulation can be a powerful and positive tool.
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