An image of Demi Moore with a noticeably trimmed left hip ran on the December cover of W Magazine. I never blogged about it as I didn’t think it worthy of an entire blog post. I figured yeah, her hip probably had been whittled away a bit, but with not much to compare it to, why bother? However, other blogs ran with it and a few even came out and said that Demi’s head had been placed on the body of another model. (Something I totally did NOT believe, and the visual evidence those blogs presented I thought was weak at best.) The whole story even prompted professional fashion photographer Anthony Citrano to comment on the situation and then be promptly slapped with a letter from Demi’s lawyer for expressing his professional “that photo looks shopped” opinion. (Boing Boing received a letter as well.)
All of this scuttlebutt even prompted Demi to feel as if she had to defend herself and she tweeted the “original photo” via her Twitter account. (Demi should not have to defend herself to ANYONE – all she did was pose for the photo, she was not the one responsible for airbrushing it. On the other hand, the folks over at W Magazine should be explaining why they took a woman with curvy, sexy hips and digitally chiseled one of them off.)
Well, now everyone should stop sending out threatening legal letters protesting the photo was digitally altered because there is proof they did just that. W Magazine in Korea used the same image of Demi on their New Year issue and did not retouch the hip at all. You can see the difference in the animation below…
[mouse over to see the original image]
And with that, he case of Hipgate has been closed.