Would a magazine editor digitally alter a photo of Lara Bingle to make the model look less fit and toned than she actually is?
That was the question Famous magazine editor Matt Frilingos was answering yesterday after the swimsuit model blasted the magazine on social media over the validity of photographs depicting her with cellulite.
Frilingos, editor of Famous magazine, bluntly denied Bingle's accusations.
"We have not photo-shopped the images of Lara in Famous this week" Frilingos said. "It is not Famous' agenda to make women look less than natural. The reality is we want to put real women on our covers."
On Monday night Bingle posted her thoughts regarding the cover story on the current edition of the magazine - Lara Elopes: Married in the Mediterranean. The story examined baseless rumours the bikini model and her actor boyfriend of 10-weeks Sam Worthington had eloped.
Bingle initially took issue with the way she looked on the Famous cover.
"THESE ARE THE SAME IMAGES WHO MAGAZINE USED A FEW MONTHS AGO AND THEY DID NOT LOOK LIKE THIS," she blasted, later labelling the magazine a "disgrace" and indirectly pointing out that a photo published by Who Weekly last month and taken on the same day showed her without cellulite.
Next came her clarification on her relationship with Worthington: "ALSO I AM NOT MARRIED."
Finally came her attack on the magazine known for its composite cover stories showing celebrities at their worst: "Perpetuating self doubt in all women in the name of making a quick buck. Sickening. Same day different magazine. YOU ARE A DISGRACE FAMOUS MAGAZINE @famousweekly"
While photographers attached to the shoot - which took place in early October at Palm Beach and on Sydney Harbour - were reluctant to wade into the debate yesterday, one stated that "the light" may have played a hand in the discrepancy.
Who Weekly editor Nicky Briger said she was surprised a second set of unseen pictures had materialised from the shoot and denied airbrushing images to enhance Bingle.
"Ours was not a paid interview. Nor were the images set up in collaboration with Lara," she said.
"We bought the photos from an agency and we did brighten them but we did not manipulate them."
It seems it's the magazines move now.
Source: The Daily Telegraph - Sydney Confidential
Published Date: 27th November 2013