Anyone who's looked at a magazine or ad campaign knows that no one is Photoshop-free. In some cases, photoshopping models goes too far -- so much so that there is a website devoted to "Photoshop disasters." The debate about whether this kind of photo alteration is appropriate because of the effects on women's self-esteem has been ongoing for some time, but now two legislators in the House of Representatives have introduced a bill to curb the practice.
Truth in Advertising Act: The Proposed Bill
The Truth in Advertising Act, if passed, would direct the Federal Trade Commission to study the practice used by advertisers to alter the facial and body characteristics of the people photographed, "and to develop recommendations and a framework to address it." Working with outside groups who have a stake in such legislation -- such as consumer advocates, industry execs, and medical groups -- the FTC would develop a strategy for reducing the use of overly Photoshopped images.