There are two versions of the fully topless image being distributed (both of which you’ll find in our gallery). Greg Kadel’s original shows Karlie’s natural ribs intact, while a second Photoshopped version, printed by Numéro, has the ribs smoothed out.
Here’s the statement from Greg’s studio on the issue:
It was Greg’s desire to represent Karlie as she naturally is … slender, athletic and beautiful. That is why he released the images as he intended them to be seen by the public. He is shocked and dismayed that unbeknownst to him, Numéro took it upon themselves to airbrush over his original images. Greg stands by his original artwork and cannot stress enough that he not only was unaware of the magazine’s retouching but also finds the airbrushing of Karlie unacceptable and unnecessary.
As Fashion Copious notes, “anyone who stretches back like that will have their ribs show through. It’s natural; unlike the edited image.”
What are your thoughts on the issue?
Numéro No.137 October 2012
Shot by: Greg Kadel
Styling: Elizabeth Sulcer
Model: Karlie Kloss