For the past few days the world has been ragging on GQ Spain for Photoshopping model Irina Shayk into nakedness without her consent. But the magazine says Shayk and her agency agreed that she would take nude shots — and it’s got the documentation to prove it.
In a post on its blog (the translation of which we must thank The Huffington Post for), the magazine says it initially responded to the controversy with “anger and disbelief.” GQ Spain claims to have a contract with Gael Marie Elite, Shayk’s modeling agency, that says she would get approval of her interview with the magazine and the photos she took for it, which she did. Also, the magazine claims that photographer Peter Vincent didn’t digitally remove Shayk’s clothing after the fact, but says she was already naked when he took the photos. From the blog post:
Irina posed nude for GQ — Irina knows it, Elite knows it, the photographer knows it, and so do the stylists and the fifteen witnesses who attended the photo shoot.
We chose one of the world’s leading photographers, known for the quality of his photos and never for any scandals, Vincent Peters. Among his portraits are names like Monica Bellucci, Eva Herzigova, Adriana Lima, Liz Hurley, Natalia Vodianova, Mariah Carey and Charlize Theron.
We have the contract, more than 15 witnesses who saw that Irina agreed to undress for the session, we have the original naked photos of Irina … What other evidence is needed? The facts, witnesses, original documents, photos … Why lie for lying?
At this point, we don’t know whom to believe (though gut instinct tells us that Shayk and her publicist Lorenzo Martone may have wanted to drum up some press). The magazine claims to have the iron-clad rights to showing Shayk’s behind — and what respectable publication would risk Photoshopping a woman’s clothing off without telling her about it? Then again, what model in her right mind (read: what model who ever wants to work with a decent publication again?) would lie about taking her clothes and getting photographed if 15 people saw her doing it?
La verdad sobre el caso Irina [GQ Confidencial]
GQ Spain Claims Irina Shayk Agreed To Pose Nude (PHOTOS) [The Huffington Post]
Irina Shayk Accuses GQ Spain Of Editing Out Her Clothes [Styleite]