Airbrushed Pics May Get French Health Warning

Lawmakers look to require label on digitally altered photos
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2009 12:01 PM CDT
Sharon Stone poses on the cover of the December 2000 issue of Elle. It has been rumored that the pictures of the actress have been computer-altered to appear more flattering.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Amid the uproar over fashion photos whose models are airbrushed to teeny-tiny perfection, French politicians are proposing a law that would require any such photos to include a health warning, Reuters reports. Digitally altered ads, press photos, campaign art, packaging, and art photography would have to include “Photograph retouched to modify the physical appearance of a person” or be subject to a fine.

“These images can make people believe in a reality that often does not exist,” says one politician, adding that unrealistic photos could lead to psychological problems such as eating disorders.