Model Emily Ratajkowski blasts French magazine for slimming her curves

Emily Ratajkowski posted on instagram the original photo (left) and Madame Figaro’s cover image to show that her lips and breasts had been altered.
Emily Ratajkowski posted on instagram the original photo (left) and Madame Figaro’s cover image to show that her lips and breasts had been altered. PHOTOS: EMILY RATAJKOWSKI / INSTAGRAM

PARIS • American model and actress Emily Ratajkowski has called out French magazine Madame Figaro for reducing her lips and breasts in a photograph for an interview that deals with the discrimination she says she has faced for "being too sexy".

"I was extremely disappointed to see my lips and breasts altered in Photoshop on this cover," the 26-year-old star told her near 15 million followers on Instagram.

"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," she added.

"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 magazine's Saturday interview with the model, who rose to fame with Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines music video, concentrated on how directors had discriminated against her because of her smouldering looks.

Madame Figaro's cover image of Ratajkowski wearing a black leather beret and an open coat appeared to have been altered to thin her lips, and lift and reduce her breasts.

She posted the original photo on Instagram to show the differences, and her post was "liked" nearly half a million times by users.

The row comes within days of a new French law coming into force which will oblige advertising agencies and media companies to indicate if an image has been retouched.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 20, 2017, with the headline 'Model Emily Ratajkowski blasts French magazine for slimming her curves'. Print Edition | Subscribe