You may have heard about the controversy surrounding this image of Beyonce. It was distributed by Roberto Cavalli in a press release. Cavalli designed the above stage costume for the singer.
The controversy surrounds the freakish photoshopping that makes Beyonce look like a fashion sketch. And fashion sketches depict women as emaciated, elongated human clothes hangers whose only purpose is to make clothes look appealing.
Reportedly, Beyonce is not happy.
The whole thing reminded me of this anorexia-awareness ad campaign from Brazilian modeling agency, Star Models.
Some advertising agencies are making great strides by committing to racial diversity. Unfortunately, gender diversity in creative departments lags behind, especially at the management level. Read more in an article from Fast Company.
Don't even get me started on the ageism that's prevalent in the ad industry!
Melissa McCarthy is a very talented and popular actress. She stars in a hit TV show and has already been in a couple of very successful movies. The woman is a bankable star. People love her. Which is quite an achievement for a very overweight woman who makes her living in an industry obsessed with physical perfection.
So what was the point of photoshopping her face into such slender proportions that she's unrecognizable in this poster for her most recent movie? The public accepts and loves her just as she is. Why can't the people in charge of promoting her movie?