I hate being so out of step with the world. Two thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. Yet one clothing manufacturer, Ann Taylor, still feels that taking a very slim model and letting her wear some clothes naturally makes her look what? Fat? Overweight? Plump, chunky, pudgy?

losing weight by retouching

So they retouch the natural picture digitally to reduce her hips and waist a few inches. What was wrong with the picture on the left? She looks good to me. You can see how much more space now exists between her arms and her body in the picture on the right.

No wonder women hate their bodies, thinking they are “fat” and are upset with what they see in the mirror. But does it really take such strong character to laugh at such idiocy by the marketing types? A part of me says that any women who looks like the model on the left and thinks she is too heavy deserves any grief she feels for wishing she looked like the cartoon on the right. What do you think?

Now here is the “sensational expose” of how this retouching was discovered.

Some sort of tech error on Ann Taylor’s website mistakenly revealed how the brand’s photos look before retouching. Jezebel first noticed the pics on Tuesday afternoon, explaining:

As the page loads, you’ll get to see what the Chiffon Trim Tank looks like on a real woman for a few seconds. Then she shrinks into a awkward creature barely able to support the weight of her torso with her tiny child hips.

By Tuesday night, the glitch, involving thumbnails and other terms beyond us, had been fixed. But we were able to take some screen grabs before Ann Taylor cleaned it up. Check out the before and after images of the “Chiffon Trim Tank,” an item from a set of Photoshopped pictures we’ve previously written about.

To be fair, at the time, Ann Taylor did apologize, saying, “We want to support and celebrate the natural beauty of women, and we apologize if in the process of retouching that was lost.” Now, we just know exactly what was lost: a few inches off of the model’s waist and thighs.