What Did Nordstrom Do To This Model’s Waist?

What do these two models have in common, aside from a waist whittled to alien-like proportions?

They’re both modeling Ralph Lauren, natch!

In case you need a refresher, the woman on the right is Filippa Hamilton, former Ralph Lauren muse and model who was photoshopped within an inch of her life for the brand’s ad campaign in 2009. Hamilton later told The Today Show she’d been fired for being too fat.

The woman on the left, however, is Tao Okamoto, who is modeling what just so happens to be a Ralph Lauren Black Label Polo for Nordstrom.com.

We’re not saying there’s a connection. We’re just saying.

Anyway, we can’t figure out why brands, retailers, and magazines continue to airbrush their models so egregiously — and always in the same Gumby-waisted way. Jezebel has some photos of what Okamoto looks like with her real-life anatomy in place, which is to say: slim, like a model, but also human.

[via Jezebel.com]

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