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We’ve always thought that hometown mall model searches and their big-city, high production counterparts were kind of unnecessary and foolish. As it turns out, the modeling industry hosts these events mostly so that its agents can network, riding on the coattails of young girls’ dreams and insecurities all the way to the bank.
Late last week, Nordstrom.com came under fire for photoshopping a model’s waist to what we called “alien-like proportions.” Nordstrom, somewhat to their credit, responded quickly, tweeting: “Our policy is not 2 thicken or thin models. See original photo. We smoothed wrinkles, nipples & upped colr.” Unfortunately, the image accompanying their tweet didn’t do much for their argument — and now the retailer has released a second, far more thorough statement outlining their so-called retouching policy. Which is to say: they don’t really have one.
After model Ria Rasmussen confronted Terry Richardson in Paris and a former subject spoke out about his sexual misconduct on a shoot, Jezebel’s Jenna Sauers offered up their site as a platform — along with complete anonymity — for more stories about the photographer. As she writes, the tales “poured forth.” So, too, has the industry backlash.