Target Under Fire for Photoshopping 'Thigh Gaps' On Models

Target is catching heat for Photoshopping advertisements targeted toward image conscious teenagers and young adults.

The retail giant altered the images to add crude "thigh gaps" on the images of models wearing bikinis. The graphic artist also altered the torso and waist of the models to give them a desired, but unrealistic Barbie shape.

The altered ads resulted in angry comments on Jezebel magazine's website.

Jezebel magazine wrote:

The worst, most horrible part of this (aside from the horrible Photoshopping skills of whatever poor graphic design intern got assigned to do this) is that this product is for their junior's line. This is what is being marketed and pushed on young girls—this absurd image of a crotch that absolutely does not and cannot happen naturally. This what young girls have to look at and try to reconcile with their own, normally shaped bodies.

AJC.com reports that by Tuesday, the images were gone from Target's website.

But the controversy rages on. The 'thigh gap' as it is called, is something many teens aspire to, even though it is an unrealistic body image. Media reports say teens seek plastic surgery to thin their thighs, in order to more closely resemble the Photoshopped models.

A representative of Target provided the following statement on this issue, "This was an unfortunate error on our part and we apologize. We have removed the image from our website."

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    Come on now :facepalm: Gaps have become main stream popular.... use to be the hood ninjas only commenting on the gaps..... now this is the trend like the azz implants :facepalm: this world

  • sassyshe

    That crotch/booty pic us just the worst

  • FuturedocDonte

    NOBODY wants that photoshopped Miley Cyrus spread butt cheek look :nono:

  • Who Dat

    But there is a man somewhere that wants to hit ole Gappy in pic 2. Badly. Just like that. Im just bean honest....

  • aRoTh

    What in the Miley "chicken butt" hell?

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    But honestly can we argue about more important issues..... :no: when I was younger I never let a barbie or any doll for that matter dictate my thoughts on my appearance... :shrugs: society has changed.... to many people trying to be like the next.... do you !!!!! Quit following someone .... cause at the end of the day ... we all have to walk our own path. To busy trying to walk someone else's path :tea: I guess it's easier to try to be someone else :sarcasm:

  • aRoTh

    :fistbump: @Futcha

  • OpinionHated

    Only fat people care about this foolishnes - who cares about phtoshopped pics... honestly we got to do better..... if you are using magazine models as a basis for how you should look you're already doomed.... dna don't lie - if your momma fat you probably gonna be fat too - you can eat healthier, work out - whatever you go to do to keep it in check but dna don't lie and you can't hide from it... you can only try to minimize its impact on you.... and with that said not all heavy people are out of shape and not all skinny people are healthy.

  • deedeegirl

    i remember way back in high school my cousin talking about wyt girls and their gaps. Back then it was nasty now it's all the rage. whatever.

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    aRoTh says:

    What in the Miley “chicken butt” hell?
    __________________

    :hahaha:

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    OpinionHated says:

    Only fat people care about this foolishnes – who cares about phtoshopped pics… honestly we got to do better….. if you are using magazine models as a basis for how you should look you’re already doomed…. dna don’t lie – if your momma fat you probably gonna be fat too – you can eat healthier, work out – whatever you go to do to keep it in check but dna don’t lie and you can’t hide from it… you can only try to minimize its impact on you…. and with that said not all heavy people are out of shape and not all skinny people are healthy.
    ________________

    :thankyou: I think I saw where they are thinking about doing a plus size Barbie :no: I mean come on :shrugs: whiney society we live in

  • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

    OpinionHated says:

    honestly we got to do better….. if you are using magazine models as a basis for how you should look you’re already doomed…
    _________________

    :applause:

  • Hearts~n~Kisses

    aRoTh says:

    What in the Miley “chicken butt” hell?

    __________

    :rofl:

  • SummerBaby

    Target is just trying to do anything to make people forget about their security breach they had a few months ago. Get the folks to focus on something else. :yes:

  • Gigi26

    :no: I remember gaps meant you were getting plowed through..now chicks want em?

    :shrugs: I guess...

  • Hearts~n~Kisses

    People just to fuggin sensitive! If you fat, be fat and fukking happ or shut up and lose weight! You can't control what the hell other folks think is beautiful.

  • Gigi26

    :offtopic: in :rofl: news:

    Porsha Stewart gets NADA from Kordell. :tea:

    Carry on...

  • luVn_liFe…

    The ‘thigh gap’ as it is called, is something many teens aspire to, even though it is an unrealistic body image. Media reports say teens seek plastic surgery to thin their thighs
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    there are some dumb teens out there THEN! they are Nt Unrealistic.
    How about they worry about what DAMN Honor role they are going to be on.
    a fugging thigh gap.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpImj7RI0Rc Man, I just don’t care™

    That photoshop is terrible. :lol:

    ...but yeah, that gap is BEAUTIFUL. WHEN IT OCCURS IN NATURE!

  • justlooking

    :waves: @ DeeDee - Meant to ask the other day...Are you in one of their running clubs? I keep saying I'm going to look into the chapter, roundst my way. They be like 100 plus women on Saturday. Hubby be blowing horn and waving. I slowwing be slipppppppin down in the seat.

  • Cubarican

    Target is just trying to do anything to make people forget about their security breach they had a few months ago
    _____________________________

    Speaking of.... Let me go get my free credit report on.

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    Hey Gigi do you guys use the Concur Travel system with your agency ?

  • San ah make ya dance

    Barbie doll legs :shrugs: Shyt aint hot but Ummm ok :tea:

  • Blanche Devereaux

    @opinionhated youre right my whole family js fat as hell and I refuse to have a 3rd child BC thats what did my mama in :cries:

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    Gigi26 says:

    :no: I remember gaps meant you were getting plowed through..now chicks want em?
    _________________

    Is that what that meant :ashamed: I thought it meant cause I was skinny as hell :kona:

  • Gigi26

    @Jenie: I don't believe so we recently got a new travel system though :yes:

  • San ah make ya dance

    What was there to photoshop anyway :shrugs: First pic was fine

  • luVn_liFe…

    When I slide on my Lycra work out pants I have the "thigh gap" whats the big deal
    stupid little cunts,these Teens are

  • KyCakes

    Gigi26 says:

    :no: I remember gaps meant you were getting plowed through..now chicks want em?
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ok. So I've seen some chicks with 'gappy ass' Like, you can almost see a stick lodged sideways betwixt their lower booty cheeks...

    :wtf: is that?

  • Diva

    :wave: hey Roses

  • Hearts~n~Kisses

    San ah make ya dance says:

    What was there to photoshop anyway First pic was fine

    ________________

    White girl problems. :coffee:

  • luVn_liFe…

    @SAN riGht, both PICS look alot alike, less the square in her ass :shrug:

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKUg9iK7xeU Miss Iyana stay RAZZLING on you hating bishes :nun:

    Only fat people care about this foolishnes
    --------
    I disagree with this here statement. It's more like people who have low self esteem or self concious.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpImj7RI0Rc Man, I just don’t care™

    U don't have to be skinny to have that gap tho. Usually if you just fit or toned there is a gap. Not as extreme as these foolish photoshop pics but it's there.

  • justlooking

    Thigh Gap depends on Bone Structure. :facepalm:

    :cosign: with Opinion hated!!! Worrying about what people think of you, will always lead to doom, gloom and life of misery.

    #whocareswhatpeoplethink

  • Hearts~n~Kisses

    Man, I just don't care™ says:

    That photoshop is terrible.

    …but yeah, that gap is BEAUTIFUL. WHEN IT OCCURS IN NATURE!

    _______________

    What makes it so attractive? Serious question. I'm attracted to women and I have never found "the gap" sexy.

  • justlooking

    Diva :happy:

    How is work?

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKUg9iK7xeU Miss Iyana stay RAZZLING on you hating bishes :nun:

    Gigi26 says:

    I remember gaps meant you were getting plowed through..now chicks want em?
    --------
    Hell the fawk yeah.. dudes kept trying to see if I had one when I started putting on weight as a teen (b/c I was thin) :lol: mufuggas was nosey and horney.

    And I actually wasn't either :lol:

  • Hearts~n~Kisses

    Miss Iyana stay RAZZLING on you hating bishes :nun: says:

    Only fat people care about this foolishnes
    ——–
    I disagree with this here statement. It’s more like people who have low self esteem or self concious.

    _______________

    :cosign:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpImj7RI0Rc Man, I just don’t care™

    @HEARTS
    "That photoshop is terrible.

    …but yeah, that gap is BEAUTIFUL. WHEN IT OCCURS IN NATURE!

    _______________

    What makes it so attractive? Serious question. I’m attracted to women and I have never found “the gap” sexy
    _________________________

    I don't know. It's just one of those things that is appealing to the eye.

    Everybody is attracted to women on some level. I thought more women would find it attractive too. :think:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfDAoSDsAS4 Nancy Drew (formerly IsThisThingOn) :cool: <<<has entered into witness protection :scared:

    I we actually arrived :shrug: cause since when do we have time to worry about yt folks mess like this?! This is such a non-issue, to me. I got a bunch of lil nieces and this has NEVER come up as a topic of 'what them lil girls got going on now' ...of course, it could be that this really is all the rage, and our chirren just happen to be exceptionally pleased with themselves :lol:
    I'll say again, we certainly didn't get everything right, but this unhealthy trend of obsessing over looking like what's "accepted" is not something we had to worry about with them. :no:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nAbQogbMOk Buttercup

    :shrug: Parents should constantly reinforce that what is seen in the magazines and on tv isn't the only type of beauty that exists.

    The first time my thighs rubbed together I almost...well, maybe I should save that for Friday.

  • KyCakes

    Man, I just don't care™ says:

    @HEARTS
    “That photoshop is terrible.

    …but yeah, that gap is BEAUTIFUL. WHEN IT OCCURS IN NATURE!

    _______________

    What makes it so attractive? Serious question. I’m attracted to women and I have never found “the gap” sexy
    _________________________

    I don’t know. It’s just one of those things that is appealing to the eye.

    Everybody is attracted to women on some level. I thought more women would find it attractive too. :think:
    -----------------------------------------------------------------
    I personally find it attractive...It does something alluring to a Womans stance and even her walk... :shrug:

  • Diva

    @Justcooking it's going great at lunch and thought I would stick my head in the garden. I miss y'all during the with day.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfDAoSDsAS4 Nancy Drew (formerly IsThisThingOn) :cool: <<<has entered into witness protection :scared:

    *I guess

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfDAoSDsAS4 Nancy Drew (formerly IsThisThingOn) :cool: <<<has entered into witness protection :scared:

    :rofl: @Jenie!

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    Gigi26 says:

    @Jenie: I don’t believe so we recently got a new travel system though
    ___________________

    I think Concur will be government wide eventually.... because the contract with Govtrip has ended.... if you do get on that system chile :eek: it's a headache ! :phew:

  • Who Dat

    Target is just trying to do anything to make people forget about their security breach they had a few months ago
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    I aint forgetting it. About 5 folks I know of were impacted.

    My coworker is PIST. She been dealing with fall out over that ish EVERY SINCE. I was WITH her the DAY we WENT to Target right after Thanksgiving. That Monday. Went on lunch break. And she had to end up getting what SHE thought was a new credit card. No. They CLOSED her account and gave her A NEW account. Which made it LOOK like she CLOSED the OLDEST account ON her credit report. Took her credit DOWN a WHOLE LOT OF POINTS. :sad: She was trying to refi her house and now she CANT.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfDAoSDsAS4 Nancy Drew (formerly IsThisThingOn) :cool: <<<has entered into witness protection :scared:

    Hey Diva! :waves:

    Congrats on the new gig! Won't HE do it?! :nun:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpImj7RI0Rc Man, I just don’t care™

    @KY
    "I personally find it attractive…It does something alluring to a Womans stance and even her walk…"
    __________________

    When they have that walk with that gap!
    :eek:
    :jack:

  • justlooking

    Once during my rotation in genetic counseling, saw a young girl with a major thigh gap. She was about 16 and 5 foot 8 and weighed about 97 pounds. Apparently she ate everything in sight but couldn't gain weight. I was like, let me get some of that DNA. I kid i kid

    Typically you have to be super thin which is only a small portion of the society. Models and people who indulge in finger exercise.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

    Gap, Smap :lol:
    <--had hips and a nice :grill: gap way before I was sexing :shrug: :rofl:
    ===
    COOKING,
    Is this thee beginning of some joke? :lol:

    "Russians
    Italians
    Hispanic
    Blacks"

    :popcorn:

  • Hearts~n~Kisses

    I don’t know. It’s just one of those things that is appealing to the eye.

    Everybody is attracted to women on some level. I thought more women would find it attractive too.
    —————————————————————–
    I personally find it attractive…It does something alluring to a Womans stance and even her walk
    ____________

    I prefer thicker women so maybe it's there and I just never noticed cause I was to focused on hips and ass. :lol: :shrugs: Now imma go look up some of my fav thick chicks and see if they have "the gap"

  • KyCakes

    jeniefrumdabloc says:

    Gigi26 says:

    @Jenie: I don’t believe so we recently got a new travel system though
    ___________________

    I think Concur will be government wide eventually…. because the contract with Govtrip has ended…. if you do get on that system chile :eek: it’s a headache ! :phew:
    --------------------------------------------------------------------
    I am a fawking Concur/Cliqbook MASTER!! :lol:

  • Who Dat

    Typically you have to be super thin which is only a small portion of the society. Models
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Or weigh 105 lbs... like Draya. Who considers herself a model.

  • deedeegirl

    @justlooking HEY GURL.... I just joined the local club last week. I started running last month. I was never a runner, I had asthma growing up but I've grown out of it and wanted to see if I could do it. Surprisingly, I have been able to stick with it and I'm not too bad at it. I have not joined an event yet but I'm gonna try to be at the next one. It's a cool group though and a good way to meet new people and like minded sistas!

  • justlooking

    @ Dubb and Gigi - Got that ratched letter from them and Neiman Marcus. I got both they cards. I didn't take of advantage of their offer, because I already had it through my bank. Target so ratched they only sent me a e-mail. Neimans had the nerve to use heavy stock paper via snail mail.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpImj7RI0Rc Man, I just don’t care™

    Draya fine as hail.

  • justlooking

    @Professor/Schewlar - Nope, that's who gets them construction jobs in the NY City. Ask around. Yeap, Yeap, Yes

    Gap, Smap :lol:
    <–had hips and a nice :grill: gap way before I was sexing
    _________
    This would be the joke, cause how long that been. RUNS REALLY FAST :scared: :kona: :hug:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpImj7RI0Rc Man, I just don’t care™

    @HEARTS
    "I prefer thicker women ..."
    ___________________

    Which thick:
    A: Precious Thick
    B: Jill Scott Thick
    C: Nick Minaj Thick

    :eek:

  • luVn_liFe…

    SandraRose/ MAN
    did U see Jonathon Martin went to the 49ers

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

    ION agree in the face part Man :no: but I know yeen paying no attention to that no ways :lol:

  • San ah make ya dance

    Aint nothing sexy about Barbie :rofl:

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKUg9iK7xeU Miss Iyana stay RAZZLING on you hating bishes :nun:

    Buttercup says:

    The first time my thighs rubbed together I almost…well, maybe I should save that for Friday.
    ------------
    :lol: That's everytime I walk out the salon from getting a fresh wax. :lol: it's so smooooove :lol:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

    justlooking says:

    @Professor/Schewlar – Nope, that’s who gets them construction jobs in the NY City. Ask around. Yeap, Yeap, Yes

    Gap, Smap :lol:
    <–had hips and a nice :grill: gap way before I was sexing
    _________
    This would be the joke, cause how long that been. RUNS REALLY FAST :scared: :kona: :hug:
    I love my ole hips and gap still :ashamed: :hahaha:

  • Who Dat

    Draya fine as hail.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    :coffee:

  • San ah make ya dance

    I prefer thicker women so maybe it’s there and I just never noticed cause I was to focused on hips and ass. :lol: :shrugs: Now imma go look up some of my fav thick chicks and see if they have “the gap”
    -------------
    I can't imagine a woman with nice thick thighs having a gap like that :hahaha: Picture it

  • Hearts~n~Kisses

    C: Nick Minaj Thick

    ______________

    But with real parts. None of that store bought shyt. :nono: And Precious ass is FAT! I know how you feel about Jilly so we will leave her outta this. :coffee:

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKUg9iK7xeU Miss Iyana stay RAZZLING on you hating bishes :nun:

    Man, I just don't care™ says:

    @HEARTS
    “I prefer thicker women …”
    ___________________

    Which thick:
    A: Precious Thick
    B: Jill Scott Thick
    C: Nick Minaj Thick
    ----------
    :crying1:

    Fvck thicker than a snicker. :rofl:

  • justlooking

    Typically you have to be super thin which is only a small portion of the society. Models
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Or weigh 105 lbs… like Draya. Who considers herself a model.
    _______________
    Yeap Players Club, Hustler kind of model. Not a Tom Ford, Catalog for stores. When she said that looking up to the ceiling, guess a camera up there too.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

    San ah make ya dance says:

    Aint nothing sexy about Barbie :rofl:

    :cosign:
    :lol:

  • Hearts~n~Kisses

    @San, IKR!! Shyt just don't seem right! :lol:

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    KyCakes says:

    jeniefrumdabloc says:
    Gigi26 says:
    @Jenie: I don’t believe so we recently got a new travel system though
    ___________________
    I think Concur will be government wide eventually…. because the contract with Govtrip has ended…. if you do get on that system chile :eek: it’s a headache ! :phew:
    ——————————————————————–
    I am a fawking Concur/Cliqbook MASTER!!
    _________________

    Chile that system is giving this agency the blues :lol: They complained about Govtrip and now they be over her :angry: chile..... It doesn't bother me, I just need to put on my reading glasses ...... a lot of small print :yes: but you know folks that don't like to read :rolleyes: and be just clicking on shyt catching it.... which is pretty much all of them..... My supervisor told me to get a memo to him discussing any issues with the system... I told him the only issue is not technically with the system.... it's with our FBMS System (accounting) but hell that's our end.... Finance needs to get with the new contract (concur) and come up with a better process..... I mean I work with a bunch of dimwits... lord please send me another job :pray:

  • Who Dat

    @JL...I feel sorry for co-worker. She been writing letters to Target, credit card company, credit buer's...since JAN. NOBODY will help that chica. A $75 purchase at Target around Thanksgiving done FUGGED her UP. :no:

  • BostonBabe

    :newpost:

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

    IONO what 73 is all about BUT THEY NEED TO GET IT TOGETHER :lol:
    :rofl:

  • San ah make ya dance

    :rofl: :newpost:

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    DTS A bunch of BS, LOL just venting :phew:

  • Who Dat

    can’t imagine a woman with nice thick thighs having a gap like that
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    If Brandy can have that gap between her eyes like that naturally anything is possible.

  • Gigi26

    I think Concur will be government wide eventually…. because the contract with Govtrip has ended…. if you do get on that system chile it’s a headache !
    -------------------------------
    Hmmmm is this for folk that often travel? Cuz i'm not required to..

  • Hearts~n~Kisses

    Who Dat says:

    can’t imagine a woman with nice thick thighs having a gap like that
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    If Brandy can have that gap between her eyes like that naturally anything is possible.

    ________________

    I hatechu!! :rofl:

  • Wasting time

    When I see a person with a thigh gap my mind screams HOE and they legs can't come together cause they :hump: to much! I know I'm crazier than a Drunk James Brown but it is how this brain works..

  • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

    Gigi26 says:

    I think Concur will be government wide eventually…. because the contract with Govtrip has ended…. if you do get on that system chile it’s a headache !
    ——————————-
    Hmmmm is this for folk that often travel? Cuz i’m not required to..
    _______________

    :yes: or travel preparers :yes:

  • San ah make ya dance

    If Brandy can have that gap between her eyes like that naturally anything is possible.
    ------------
    :hahaha:

  • why?

    No other woman on this earth can do a gap like a black woman can. Look at the last summer Olympics 4x100 relay final. From around the world...women with gaps. The black women overwhelmingly were the jaw droppers. Most noticeably...the first leg of the American team and the last leg of the Jamaican team. Gorgeous women...that can run faster than most men.

  • why?

    Gigi26 says:

    :no: I remember gaps meant you were getting plowed through..now chicks want em?
    ——————————————————————–
    Ok. So I’ve seen some chicks with ‘gappy ass’ Like, you can almost see a stick lodged sideways betwixt their lower booty cheeks…

    :wtf: is that?
    -----------------------------

    That is a thing of beauty that usually comes with bowed legs. It's a requirement for me...otherwise the booty looks smashed in from the side. Which is a part of being knock kneed. Some folks find knock knees attractive...they give me hives. You can't run with your knees crossing in front of each other.