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Umm, excuse me? Is this Target model for real?

Was browsing some new spring bikinis and found this awesome leopard print 2-piece! Let me share with you my magical shopping experience.

It’s 11pm on Monday night March 10th, 2014. I’m taking a break from work and am on the Target website, juniors swim section.

1. Oh look! OMG such a cute swimsuit. Let’s zoom in on that print!

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2. Oooooohhh leopard print! Love!!! Mint, lavender…wait…why’s there something sharp under her armpit?

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3. Oi?

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4. Wait, do you see what I see?

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5. Umm it might just be me, but her crotch has a square shape cut into it and there’s a growth out of her side hip.

My expression at this exact moment of realization that

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THIS

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IS

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PHOTOSHOPPED.

 Target, really? Which design intern did you hire to alter the shape of this beautiful model? And why? I mean…I don’t support photoshopping a woman’s body to sell beauty and beautiful things, but really, if you were gonna do it, could you have at least hired someone more qualified for the job?!!??

All jokes aside, I am actually glad they didn’t get an experienced photoshop artist to touch up this photo. It lets us all know ONCE AND FOR ALL that someone out there is calling the shots on what the standards on beauty are supposed to be in fashion and media. This is simply demeaning to women everywhere. I just wrote a blog post about how social media sites like Tumblr and Pinterest are helping to battle the ED craze by posting warning messages when you type in “skinny” and “thigh gap” into search. Progress. Good. But it’s sooooo sad to see big powerhouse companies like Target who have SUCH an influence on young people everywhere FAIL at using their power in a positive way.

Why Target? Why?

But you know what…I have a conspiracy theory. Maybe the artist who did this disaster of a photoshop job was actually REBELLING by doing such a horrendous touch-up. Maybe it was a hidden message to us all! Ha, wouldn’t that be something?

What are your thoughts on this? I’m curious to hear your opinions.

<3 Cassey

Images courtesy of Target.com.