Cavalli Defends Super-Skinny Beyoncé Sketch

Cavalli speaks out about their slimmer-than-usual sketch of Beyoncé.

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Beyoncé hasn't been shy about about her disdain for the practice of using photos to slim down celebs. Just a month after H&M talked about retouching a bikini-clad Bey in their campaign (and ironically, in the midst of rumors of a second pregnancy), Beyonce's world famous figure is up for debate again. Roberto Cavalli put out a press release featuring an image of an Amazonian-looking Beyonce complete with pin thin legs stretching to seemingly double the length of her upper body, an itty bitty waist and a protruding collarbone. As expected, the image quickly went viral around the internet, and Mrs. Carter lovers everywhere were in outrage over the almost freaky looking portrayal of their Queen B.

Today, Cavalli spoke out via Facebook against the claims that he had photoshopped Beyonce, saying that the image was simply an artistic sketch. "We would like to clarify that the image of the gown created by Roberto Cavalli for Beyonce is a sketch and not a photo, and therefore it is only meant to be a stylized and artistic vision."

That being said, the sketch is extremely lifelike and looks like a photograph, so confusion is understandable. It may be a fashion sketch, which often don't offer completely accurate portrayals of the female figure, but it still paints Beyonce as something she's not. Especially unnecessary when Beyonce (of course) looks banging in the dress on her Mrs. Carter World Tour in real life.

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Diana Pearl
Diana Pearl

I'm an Associate Editor at the Business of Fashion, where I edit and write stories about the fashion and beauty industries. Previously, I was the brand editor at Adweek, where I was the lead editor for Adweek's brand and retail coverage. Before my switch to business journalism, I was a writer/reporter at PEOPLE.com, where I wrote news posts, galleries and articles for PEOPLE magazine's website. My work has been published on TheAtlantic.com, ELLE.com, MarieClaire.com, PEOPLE.com, GoodHousekeeping.com and in Every Day with Rachael Ray. It has been syndicated by Cosmopolitan.com, TIME.com, TravelandLeisure.com and GoodHousekeeping.com, among other publications. Previously, I've worked at VOGUE.com, ELLE.com, and MarieClaire.com.