Well, this is awkward. After the blogosphere ooh’d and ahh’d over Karlie Kloss‘ banging body in her latest, semi-nude Numéro shoot, it turns out the glossy’s art department didn’t feel quite the same way. Today, the version of the spread that will appear in the magazine itself has been released, and unlike the one that came from photographer Greg Kadel‘s studio yesterday, Kloss’ ribs and sternum have been smoothed entirely out of a shot.
Seriously, you guys? Rib removal again? The Victorian era was really not that glamorous. And ok — we get that the magazine might be trying to avoid the kind of backlash Vogue Italia faced when they ran naked images of Karlie that showed off a few protruding hipbones in addition to some serious protruding muscle. But people do have ribs, and this kind of pose will make them stick out even for those of us who are not quite supermodel-lithe.
Seriously, try it! Just pretend you’re stretching.
UPDATE: Kadel’s studio sent the following statement to The Cut via email:
It was Greg’s desire to represent Karlie as she naturally is … slender, athletic and beautiful. That is why he released the images as he intended them to be seen by the public. He is shocked and dismayed that unbeknownst to him, Numéro took it upon themselves to airbrush over his original images. Greg stands by his original artwork and cannot stress enough that he not only was unaware of the magazine’s retouching but also finds the airbrushing of Karlie unacceptable and unnecessary.
Check out the Photoshop carnage below: