If you’re alive, you’ve seen so many Getty Images in your life it’s not even funny. Stock photos, event photos, heck, the photo featured in this blog is a Getty Image. So, this is big news.
The photo giant announced via email that contributors should “not submit to us any creative content depicting models whose body shapes have been retouched to make them look thinner or larger.”
Had a new shoot come out today and was shocked when I found my 19 year old hips and torso quite manipulated. These are the things that make women self conscious, that create the unrealistic ideals of beauty that we have. Anyone who knows who I am knows I stand for honest and pure self love. So I took it upon myself to release the real pic (right side) and I love it😍😘 Thank you @modelistemagazine for pulling down the images and fixing this retouch issue.
I think this is a good first step, and I am happy that an outlet as big as Getty Images is taking it. There is still a ways to go though, as AOL points out that photos can still be augmented in other ways such as hair color, nose shape, retouched skin etc.
Everyone is uniquely beautiful in their own ways. We all have insecurities about the things that make us different from a typical ideal of beauty. I, like so many of us, try every day to work past those insecurities. I was extremely disappointed to see my lips and breasts altered in photoshop on this cover. I hope the fashion industry will finally learn to stop trying to stifle the things that make us unique and instead begin to celebrate individuality.
The email went on to say:
“As a leader in visual communications, Getty Images upholds the responsibility to ensure accurate and authentic visual representation. Our perceptions of what is possible are often shaped by what we see: Positive imagery can have direct impact on fighting stereotypes, creating tolerance and empowering communities to feel represented in society. That’s why over the last several years, Getty Images has made a concerted effort to change the way women and other marginalized communities are represented in media and advertising.”