From chopped thighs to missing limbs and forgotten butt cheeks, here are 10 of Victoria's Secret's most epic Photoshop fails.
1. Elsa Hosk's Magic Floating Elbow
In August, Victoria's Secret posted a picture on Instagram of Elsa Hosk (left) and Stella Maxwell (right). Fans of the brand commented that one of Elsa's arms looked unnaturally smooth, while the elbow pointing out from behind Stella made Elsa's other arm look unnaturally long, as if the photo was the result of two pictures being spliced together. "Did anyone actually look at this photo before it was published?" wrote one commenter.
2. The Case of the Missing Butt Cheek
According to the Daily Mail, an image posted on Facebook in 2015 featured a topless model pressed up against the wall, displaying a pair of the brand's signature mesh-back "cheeky" panties. The problem? She only had one ass cheek. One Facebook user called the picture "deformed" and another wrote, "I don't think you can call it 'cheeky' if she only has 1 cheek."
3. Lais Ribeiro's Super-Long (and Super-Thin) Arms
There were a lot of complaints in 2012 about how long and thin Lais's arms looked in this ad. They said her elbow looked wider than her bicep, and that, with her arms fully extended, her fingers would reach down past her knees. They also said that her midsection appeared to have been shaved down and smoothed over.
4. Candice Swanepoel's Mismatched Breasts
Back in 2012, Victoria's Secret launched their "Add Two Cups Multi-Way Bra," which was modeled by Candice on the company's website. Unfortunately the Photoshopper in charge of this image appears to have added two cups to just the one breast, leaving the other one tragically diminished by comparison. Ironically, this sort of makes the photo look more real rather than less. After all, no woman's chest is perfectly symmetrical. Not naturally, anyway.
5. Candice's Jacked Delts
When the retouchers at Victoria's Secret got ahold of this photo, they slimmed down the model's waist and hips, per usual, while appearing to leave her shoulders and deltoids in tact. As a result, Candice actually looked kind of jacked, which would be fine except that she's totally not jacked at all. In fact, according to the Huffington Post, a lot of people at this time were critical of her extreme thinness.
6. Candice's XL Thigh-Gap
In an ad posted to the V.S. Facebook page in 2012, a model that looked a lot like Candice (poor girl, she's getting all the crazy airbrushing) wore a variety of swimsuit bottoms. Unfortunately the one the lingerie label put front and center included a nearly impossible to achieve thigh-gap that had obviously been altered to look bigger post-shoot. Internet commenters were not pleased and they let V.S. know it.
7. Candice's Shrinking Ribcage
This time, the negative comments focused on her waist, particularly where it met her wrist. That kind of waist-to-hip ratio is just not possible IRL.
8. Adriana Lima's Vanishing Hips
Adriana went from curvy to Y-shaped when the retoucher in question got ahold of this photo, and completely decimated her hips and thighs.
9. The Craziest Thigh-Gap Ever
In 2011, Victoria's Secret came under fire for reshaping the thighs of a model to the point where her legs looked almost as narrow as her arms, which were also retouched to look slimmer.
10. Marisa Miller's Amputated Arm
Back when Victoria's Secret sold polo shirts and popping collars was cool (aka the early aughts), Marisa was one of the brand's most popular models. To repay her for all her hard work and dedication, the retouchers at Victoria's Secret chopped off her left arm. Here's hoping she's right-handed!
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