Does the New Yorker Need to Re-Touch its Facts?

blog dovegirlsg.jpgThere has been plenty of controversy of late over a disclosure in a recent New Yorker profile about toucher-upper Pascal Dangin that implied those Dove ads for “real women” were actually touched up.

Do you know how much retouching was on that? But it was great to do, a challenge, to keep everyone’s skin and faces showing the mileage but not looking unattractive.

Not so fast. While most of us would be willing to assume the New Yorker fact-check department could give the CIA a run for their money, according to an article in today’s Independent the campaign Dangin was actually referring to was an earlier one done with Annie Leibovitz.

Says Dangin:

The recent article published in the New Yorker incorrectly implies that I retouched the images in connection with the Dove ‘real women’ ad. I only worked on the Dove ProAge campaign taken by Annie Leibovitz, and was directed only to remove dust and do color correction – both the integrity of the photographs and the women’s natural beauty were maintained.
The article also goes on to say that Elizabeth Hurley retouches her holiday photographs &#151 in case you ever get your hands on her photo albums we didn’t want you to feel bad.