Viva La Photoshop! France Considers Outlawing Retouching

September 24, 2009 • Fashion


Only in France…would they consider outlawing Photoshop. According to WWD, a proposed law in France that could require all retouched photos to be labeled as such. As you can imagine, the French fashion industry is not happy. Valerie Boyer, a member of President Nicolas Sarkozy’s UMP party, and some 50 other politicians proposed the law this week mostly to combat what they see as warped images of women’s bodies that encourage eating disorders. The proposed law would cover advertising, press photographs, political campaigns, art photography and images on packaging.

Katie Grand, editor of the Condé Nast title Love, the launch issue of which had Beth Ditto on its cover, agreed. “I think that magazines overall are becoming glossier and glossier and because of retouching, photographers’ work is becoming more homogenized,” she said.

Guess we won't be seeing many more American actresses on the covers of French Elle much longer.

Source: WWD
Photo: Fashionista

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