Target’s Photoshop flop of a young teen’s backside is rampaging through viral news today. It’s an attack of the hollowed-out thigh gap, and the model sporting the “Xhileration Hipster” bikini bottom either is the victim of an overzealous graphic design intern, or has a rather large keyhole in her, well, you know.
According to Yahoo! Lifestyle on March 12, multiple images of young girls victimized by “shoddy airbrushing” are causing quite the outcry. Yahoo! says untutored Phoshoppers “crudely removed a chunk of the model’s crotch area to create a ‘thigh gap’, a supposedly desirable – but evidently difficult to attain – physical feature for young girls to have.”
The egregious Photoshop shenanigans were quickly taken down from the retailer's website, but online watchdogs were quick to call foul.
“This latest Photoshop fail comes to us courtesy of Target and seems to demonstrate some weird new obsession with chopping out the crotches of young models,” writes Jezebel.com, adding that the concern is because the swimsuits are being marketed to young girls.
“This is what is being marketed and pushed on young girls—this absurd image of a crotch that absolutely does not and cannot happen naturally. This is what young girls have to look at and try to reconcile with their own, normally shaped bodies,” the site wrote.
The NY Daily News was equally unforgiving, writing that angered shoppers “accused the brand of editing the images so the already-thin women appear even skinnier, with sharp thigh gaps and skeletal limbs.”
The chunked-out images of teen models showcasing a junior line of swimwear have all been removed, but the shameful screen shots are splashed all over the Internet.
“This was an unfortunate error on our part and we apologize,” a Target spokesperson said.
Critics have long questioned the ethics behind digitally altering perfectly attractive models in the first place, and say that publishing such pics sets a standard that is almost impossible for a healthy young girl to achieve.
In a revealing survey done by Today and AOL last month, the majority of teen girls surveyed said they wished that Photoshopping would stop entirely.
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