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.
â€śASME is not considering a ban of any kind,â€ť Glamour editor and ASME president Cindi Leive tells FOLIO:. â€śGiven the ubiquity of retouching technology these daysâ€”think of brides and their wedding photosâ€”it seems unrealistic to forbid all digital manipulation of photos in any magazine.â€ť
But Leive says ASME is considering a panel discussion on the topic. â€śReaders should never be misled about what theyâ€™re looking at.â€ť
According to news reports, the Periodical Publishers Associationâ€”the U.K.â€™s version of the Magazine Publishers of Americaâ€”is 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 Englandâ€™s 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 Leiveâ€™s 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 Blenderâ€™s photoshopping of Britney Spearsâ€™ head on someone elseâ€™s body, to name a few.
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