ASME Plans to Address Photoshopping
Leive: No ban, but 'readers should never be misled.'
As magazines in the U.K. face a potential ban on digitally altering celebrity photos, the American Society of Magazine Editors is considering a panel discussion about best-practice guidelines.
âASME is not considering a ban of any kind,â Glamour editor and ASME president Cindi Leive tells FOLIO:. âGiven the ubiquity of retouching technology these daysâthink of brides and their wedding photosâit seems unrealistic to forbid all digital manipulation of photos in any magazine.â
But Leive says ASME is considering a panel discussion on the topic. âReaders should never be misled about what theyâre looking at.â
According to news reports, the Periodical Publishers Associationâthe U.K.âs version of the Magazine Publishers of Americaâis holding a series of discussions about whether magazines should be banned from using digitally altered photos of celebrities that make them appear slimmer. The action comes after complaints from groups like Englandâs Model Health Inquiry, which claim that over-altered celebrity photos help promote unrealistic body images.
Leive No Stranger to Photoshop Controversy
Magazines manipulating photos, however, is nothing new. In recent years, there have been plenty of altered-cover controversies, including one at Leiveâs own Glamour, which came under fire for its apparent slimming of Ugly Betty star America Ferrera (Glamour denied they did so); Time, which placed a teardrop on Ronald Regan for its March 2007 cover; and Blenderâs photoshopping of Britney Spearsâ head on someone elseâs body, to name a few.
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