I’m Sorry, But Jennifer Lawrence’s New Dior Ad Is a Photoshop Fail

a_3x-verticalYou can stop reading now if you think this is going to be a rant about how models/actresses who work in the fashion industry shouldn’t have their images Photoshopped. It’s not. Because (breaking news!) this is the fashion industry, and it is what they do, and I will never cease to be amazed when people act surprised and outraged when a photo in a magazine is Photoshopped in a way that they consider “unnecessary.” So that’s all I’m going to say on that topic.

What I would like to say, however, about the new Dior campaign featuring actress Jennifer Lawrence, which came out late last week (and which everyone is inexplicably raving about), is that someone may have gone a tad too far in the shrinking department and veered into Photoshop Fail territory, at least as far as human-like proportions are concerned. Because look at the photo: Is it just me, or does the person staring back at you more closely resemble a pre-pubescent 12-year-old boy than the strong, broad-shouldered, post-pubscent Jennifer Lawrence we know in movies like Silver Linings Playbook and The Hunger Games? (And also, Winter’s Bone. Ever see that one? Sooooo good. It was streaming on Netflix for forever, but appears to be gone now, so you snooze, you lose.)


Besides the fact that I didn't immediately recognize her when I first looked at the photo, areas of particular note include her far-too-narrow shoulders (which look weirdly uneven to me, by the way), and her head, which wasn't shrunken down nearly enough to match her now-slimmer shoulders, giving her a definite bobble-head quality. I'll let you form your own opinion about those cheekbones, but here's the basic lesson here: When shrinking, shrink everywhere.

And in case you're wondering, JLaw doesn't much care when people futz with her body in post-production. Of her last Dior campaign, she told Access Hollywood, "That doesn't look like me at all! I love Photoshop more than anything in the world…Of course it's Photoshop. People don't look like that." I imagine a similar sentiment would apply here.

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  • Rebekka

    I think Jennifer Lawrence is beautiful and true to herself and have spent many hours (actual hours, I’m not ashamed) watching funny clips of her interviews on youtube. I appreciate that she puts it out there and says – yes, this is photoshopped, no one looks like that. It is OBVIOUSLY photoshopped and I hope knowing that photoshop isnt going anywhere and being able to recognize it will make regular people feel better about themselves because we know it’s not real.

  • Lanie Blackmer

    I think she looks stunning. I also find it a bit judgmental to say someone should look more their gender. It’s pretty sexist to say that she needs to look more feminine (you can’t argue that saying “pre-pubescent 12-year-old boy” isn’t that. Otherwise you’d just say “pre-pubescent.” Also, she doesn’t look like she isn’t grown or like a boy to me).

    The rest of your complaints are just typical fashion industry photo shopping — long necks and thin bodies are pretty signature to high end fashion companies.

    Otherwise, glad to hear someone stepping away from typical photoshop arguments.

    • Astralmilkman

      This is a woman whom I think likes her gender and enjoys it so NO it’s not sexist to say that. And she does look a bit bobble head . What am I missing ?
      It’s ok for the fashion ind to manipulate her image , but it’s wrong for a fan to say she kinda looks like a 12yr old boy ( which I think she does a bit in this photo ) if that’s the look they were going for FINE. Just don’t say people can’t have an opinion on it.

  • Astralmilkman

    I think it’s sad that they do this. This woman is beautiful ( just like my wife ) for all her beauty , which include any and all so called imperfections . I can’t stand that 12 yr old girls try to look 20 , or that 40yr old women try to look 16 . Just be who you are , I’ve been married for over 25 yrs to my wife and can honestly say I can’t get enough of her. Wrinkles and all. I would divorce her if she tried plastic surgery. We both change and grow old together and it’s all good. I’ve told her we’ll spend our 100th wedding anniversary in Atlantic city , 3 wheelchairs on the boardwalk . One for me ,one for her and one for the Viagra.

    • China

      Atralmilkman you are a true gentleman and there should be more men out there like you!!!!

  • DennisonBertram

    It’s a strange day when journalists report on fashion and can’t tell the difference between the cut of the outfit and photoshop. Her shoulders are as a wide as her hips in this photo, it’s not photoshop, it’s tailoring. *sigh*

  • jesse h

    its because they made her body way smaller/ creepy small for jlaw. i gave her a little meat o her bones and really like the image

  • China

    This photo looks nothing like her. Her face looks too thin and angular. Where is the fullness in her cheeks that makes her look very attractive in real life!! Why is it always considered chic to look emaciated and 25 lbs less that real life??