The Secret Behind Victoria’s Secret Models: Photoshop

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Left: the unretouched original. Right: the final Photoshopped image. Again, expression lines have been removed (1), and skin folds created by the exaggerated position of Kroes' hip have been smoothed (2) along with part of her back below her armpit (3). Kroes' lower body has also been subtly reshaped to elongate her legs and slim part of her right inner thigh and buttock. Aside from the overall color (4), the biggest change of all between the unretouched and retouched images is the removal of her swimsuit strap (5). That's one way to get the cleavage of a standard swimsuit top in a bandeau: Photoshop.

In August, Jezebel got a hold of some photos from a Victoria’s Secret photo shoot with supermodel Doutzen Kroes. What’s interesting about these particular photos is that Victoria’s Secret had accidentally published the photos in their raw format, without retouching them in Photoshop, as is common in the industry when they’re released to the public. So when the photos were actually published in the brand’s catalog, Jezebel was able to do some before and after photos to show just what kinds of photo manipulation is done to beautify the already beautiful models. Take a look through our gallery to see what kind of editing is done, and let us know what you think in the comments.