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John Mayer Photoshops Himself Into Another Universe on Instagram

2014’s been a banner year for Instagram retouching. Just ask Beyoncé or Kris Jenner. But it looks like those two have a little competition in the Photoshop department thanks to John Mayer. The singer posted a photo to his feed yesterday that looks a little too good to be true… that’s because it is airbrushed into near-oblivion.

 

So good to see my friend Ricky again. It’s been a while.

A photo posted by johnmayer (@johnmayer) on

The image, which looks more like a digital painting than a picture taken with a camera phone, shows Mayer sitting down next to a pal, a furtive smize in the singer’s eyes, as if he’s taunting us like, “yeah, this is ‘shopped to all hell – watchu ‘gon do about it?

Mayer could have used the extreme filter ironically. After all, none of his other pictures appear to be that altered. Or, you know, he could have been having a bad skin day and didn’t want the entire world to see. Or perhaps this is the launch of the new line of John Mayer plastic dolls? In any case, bang up use of Photoshop.

[h/t E!]

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Madonna’s Versace Campaign Is Not Airbrushed, According to Donatella Versace

Madonna’s been through some serious retouching sessions in some of her past campaigns, but apparently, not for her most recent with Versace. The 56-year-old singer looks admittedly fantastic in the Italian fashion house’s latest ads — so good that people have inevitably chalked her pristine appearance up to good ol’ Photoshop magic, but according to Donatella Versace, that’s not the case.

Ad Campaign Versace Spring 2015 Madonna

IMAGE: NYTIMES.COM VIA TFS FORUMS

The designer told Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera that Madonna “did not have her abdomen or arms retouched.” She does acknowledge that they did use a little studio magic to make the singer look as good as she does. “I believe that there were only the set and the filters and the rest,” which could mean a lot of really good makeup, maybe even a teensy bit of retouching? Who (besides the people who shot the ads) can really say?

Either way, Madonna looks great, filters or no filters, and her midsection at 56 is tighter than most women’s half her age. So, werque Madonna.

[via Cosmopolitan]

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Nicolas Ghesquière’s Louis Vuitton Ads Have Already Become ‘Boring’ (Forum Buzz)

Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2014 advertising campaign must have served the French fashion house well because we’re seeing the same concept for the new Spring 2015 campaign. Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weber and Juergen Teller all came back to lens images for the campaign entitled “Series 2.” Nicolas Ghesquière used his Instagram account to release the first campaign image, which features Freja Beha Erichsen (also from last season) standing before a floor-length window overlooking Central Park in New York City. Freja appears effortless wearing a detailed white dress, a pair of knee-high leather boots and holding one of the coveted bags Ghesquière designed for his second collection at Louis Vuitton. Jennifer Connelly also stars in the campaign and we’re beginning to wonder which Ghesquière favorite is about to show up next.

Ad Campaign Louis Vuitton Spring 2015 Freja Beha Erichsen

IMAGE: INSTAGRAM/NICOLASGHESQUIEREOFFICIAL

“The same three photographers again? It will get boring at some point,” slammed Melancholybaby, unimpressed by the fact that the same concept has trickled into the latest ads.

“Not a fan of either photographer, and though Weber’s photos were gorgeous last season I’m not sure if I want to see more of it. At least I hope there will be some changes in the cast (they must keep Liya though),” added anlabe32.

Also left underwhelmed was gazebo, who wrote, “Looks like last season. It’s the trend now to keep ads very similar and tight (Saint Laurent, Dior) especially at the first few seasons, to create a signature look. Yet it gets boring.”

Creative wasn’t having any of it, either: “NG for LV already got old. I feel like I’ve been seeing the same things like… forever. Good that they are trying to build an identity, but I’m bored already.”

Although not everyone was left so disappointed. “Is always a pleasure to see Freja, even if she looks so beautiful, just like this. I love it,” raved thatsfierce, clearly motivated by Freja’s return.

Are you an admirer of the new Louis Vuitton campaign? Await more shots, see Jennifer’s images and let us know what you think here.

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Target Under Fire for Whitewashing ‘Annie’ In-Store Ads

Image: WENN

Image: WENN

Target finds itself in a pickle with angry customers accusing the retailer of racial discrimination. Bear, Delaware, customer L’Sean Rinique Shelton launched a Change.org petition against Target over its in-store Annie advertisements when she noticed that the ads for the movie’s branded clothing line featured a young white model fronting the campaign as opposed to Quvenzhané Wallis, who stars as the main character in the film. Shelton sees the act as another snub against young black girls.

“Why do you feel that we are not enough to portray our beautiful images on your advertisements,” the petition reads. “If it is a multi-cultural issue, surely you could use her co-stars on some ads and Quvenzhané Wallis or another African American girl on others.”

So far, Shelton’s petition is over 3,000 supporters strong, just a little over 1,600 away from reaching her goal for signatures. Shelton calls the ads a “misleading depiction of the movie,” and notes that in light of the current volatile racial climate in America, this sort of misstep is the last thing anyone needs. Perez Hilton mentions that though the in-store ads feature a white model, the line’s lookbook does include a few black girls.

“We demand that you immediately pull those misleading ads and give Quvenzhané Wallis her due respect as well as other little girls who aspire to be like her. Being African American is not ugly, it is not bad and we are sellable! These grossly misleading ads are adding to the divide and does not give young African American girls aspiring to become actors anything to be optimistic about.”

Supporters of Shelton’s campaign call the ads “damaging to the psyche” and “outright blatant disregard” to Quvenzhané’s role in the film. So far, Target has not commented.

[via Perez Hilton h/t Racked]

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Link Buzz: Argentine Town Bans Beauty Pageants, Alicia Keys Gives Birth

Image: Getty

Image: Getty

  • Here’s a high school age Nicki Minaj REALLY getting into an acting role. [People]
  • Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid are having a grand ol’ time on vacation in Dubai. [ONTD]
  • Solange Knowles found out about her alleged $55,000 tax lien from the Internet. [Page Six]
  • Chelsea Handler frees her nipples on Instagram. [Page Six]
  • The Fifty Shades of Grey makeup line launches at Sephora. [The Gloss]
  • Further proof that language is breaking down more and more every day: The most used word of 2014 was actually a heart emoji. What? No love for laughing tears? [Business Insider]
  • Ralph Lauren launches its Spring 2015 campaign, starring Sanne Vloet. [WWD]
  • A town in Argentina has banned beauty pageants. [Marie Claire]
  • Crowdfunding is the new trend in startup fashion labels. [TechCrunch]
  • Facebook’s Year in Review reminds people of all the horrible stuff that happened to them in 2014. Oops? [Business Insider]
  • Alicia Keys gives birth to a baby boy. [@aliciakeys]

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What’s Up with Alessandra Ambrosio’s Eyes on Vogue Brazil’s January Cover? (Forum Buzz)

Alessandra Ambrosio and Vogue Brazil go together like Kate Moss and U.K. Vogue. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that Alessandra fronts the January 2015 issue of the Brazilian fashion bible. At least Vogue Brazil kicks off 2015 with a model on its front cover, right? Alessandra was photographed on the tranquil beaches of St Barth. As the sweeping blue ocean plays background to the cover shot, the 33-year-old mother of two gives us good face while wearing a sweater from Louis Vuitton, posing with her arms slung above her head and gazing down Patrick Demarchelier’s lens.

Vogue Brazil January 2015 Alessandra Ambrosio

IMAGE: VOGUE.GLOBO.COM

But something is bothering quite a few of our forum members. “She looks great here. The puffy eyes immediately puts me off, but the breeziness of the shot makes it better. Not too sure about the layout, some parts could be bolder, and maybe ditch the red?” suggested Benn98, picking up on both the good and bad points.

“I love the layout, the coordination between the red of the masthead matching her top and the lipstick is perfect in my opinion. Her pose and hair are on point. The styling is kinda meh, but I like the top because of the color coordination. I agree the eyes are a little on the puffy side and as always I wish her mouth were a little more closed (but it works here for me with the beach setting). Lastly, congrats on Ale’s 10th Vogue cover!” shared marsnoop2.

KateTheGreatest also provided a comment about Alessandra’s eyes: “Her eyes always bother me and they look even more weird on this cover.”

Sharing the same sentiments was DutchHomme, who posted, “This cover does nothing for me & she looks cross-eyed.”

“What’s wrong with her eyes? And the styling is awful,” questioned narcyza.

Has Vogue been playing with Alessandra’s face on this cover? Await the content of the issue and share your opinion with us inside the thread here.

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