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Get Ralph Lauren’s Bobblehead Look — Just Add Photoshop!

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Get Ralph Lauren’s Bobblehead Look — Just Add Photoshop!

Alternatively, you can add no food to your diet.  Ever!

Ralph Lauren’s legal team was apparently none too pleased when Boing Boing (via Photoshop Disasters) re-published this disturbing ad, threatening Boing Boing’s site host with a takedown notice.  Boing Boing refused to comply with their demands, citing that the post fell under the definition of fair use “for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting.”  (True dat.)

I guess Ralph Lauren wasn’t happy about the free “advertising!”  That’s because they’re now under the gun for promoting such a grossly distorted and unhealthy image of a woman’s body.  Here is what 23-year-old model Filippa Hamilton usually looks like:

Um, it appears RL’s photo editing team went a bit nuts with Photoshop’s “Lindsay Lohan” tool on the Blue Label jeans ad.  Hard to fathom that the ad went through a million reviews, from the advertising agency’s account team, to Ralph Lauren’s marketing gurus, to the head of Ralph Lauren, and everyone signed off on it:

“She looks AWESOME!”

No wonder 10 million American women suffer from eating disorders.  I remember a similar-looking ad inspiring Teenage Candy to go on the Frozen Yogurt-and-Chicken Sandwich diet.  A scoop of peach frozen yogurt for breakfast and a Wendy’s crispy chicken sandwich for dinner.  That’s it.  Worked, too — after an entire summer of that healthy diet, my body was ready to crumble under the weight of my massive head.

I looked AWESOME!

Okay, maybe not so awesome.  But now I AM jonesing for a crispy chicken sandwich.  Mmmmm.

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Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. A humor columnist for Disney, Nickelodeon, Scary Mommy, Reductress and Redbook, she also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation (so send all complaints to them).

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