Franca Sozzani has finally spoken out about Vogue Italia's decision to pull one picture of Karlie Kloss in a twisty-pretzel pose from its web site. She says that she was wrong to un-publish the photo. "I believed I could avoid a pointless debate. I made a mistake," she admits. Sozzani now believes she it would have been better to "leave the picture and let everybody express their opinion freely. The picture is beautiful and that's all." She says the image, which was widely criticized for portraying Kloss as very thin-looking — many people assumed she'd been Photoshopped into the odd pose — was not "heavily Photoshopped." Sozzani also says that Kloss isn't anorexic, and her muscles and work for Victoria's Secret, "the underwear line that loves real women par excellence," proves that — apparently, once you're a model and you book VS, any eating issues you may have had are magicked away! It is literally impossible to model for VS and be anorexic. Sozzani further says that she wishes there were "photography courses to educate many people who work in this field who don't know anything about the history of photography." We're all for greater photographic and body literacy — and no, we never thought that Vogue Italia had 'Shopped Kloss into that position — but what's missing from Sozzani's explanation is an understanding of the broader social context. Why is it that the "experimental" photography high fashion values always happens to highlight and glorify extraordinary thinness? [Vogue.it]
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