11 Of The Worst Photoshop Fails Of 2016 (So Far)

You know, you’d think that people would be better at Photoshop by now. We are halfway through the year of our lord 2016, a year in which Photoshop, among other things, is basically ubiquitous–both Instagram and Snapchat filters are basically just Photoshop, after all–and still, we get to see people on the covers of magazines and in advertisements that, for the most part, do not exactly resemble humans.

Take, for example, this picture of Priyanka Chopra:

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She looks great! Her face is symmetrical, her skin glowing, and, overall, seems mostly flawless. She does not, however, appear to have an armpit. It is smoothed over, shiny, and altogether appears to bear a similarity to that of a Barbie doll. (For what it is worth, I once knew a girl who did not have an armpit. Literally. She had underarms, obviously, but the skin under her arms was smooth and hairless and didn’t sweat, either. She was very lucky. Priyanka Chopra does not appear to have this condition, though.)

Is this overly-zealous armpit manipulation the worst Photoshop “fail” of all time? No. But it calls to mind other  In fact, it’s not even the worst of this year alone. I am sure that the remainder of the year will bring us many, many more instances of Photoshop failure to discuss. But, in the meantime, let’s check out the worst Photoshop fails from this year:

Meghan Trainor

Meghan Trainor's latest video, "Me Too," saw a delay in release last month because, according to the singer, her body was photoshopped without her knowledge or consent. “They photoshopped the crap out of me,” she told her fans on Snapchat, The video was later released without excessive Photoshop.

Image source:Instagram

Sasha Pieterse

When Freeform revealed the poster for the seventh season of Pretty Little Liars, fans immediately zeroed in on one very significant problem: Sasha Pieterse, who plays Alison DiLaurentis on the show, is literally missing her entire left leg. Classic "A" move, amirite?

Image source:Mashable

Fifth Harmony

In other limb-related Photoshop fails, you might notice that Ally Brooke Hernandez of Fifth Harmony here appears to have been given two right feet in this shoot for Billboard magazine. It's one of those classic Photoshop disasters that's so bad it's good--Hernandez reposted the image on Instagram herself, saying, "When you're tryna look cute even tho you got two right feet," proving that meme-related sentence structure is always the best way to deal with any sort of scandal.

Image source:Instagram

Ronda Rousey

In March, Ronda Rousey appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. It was a great appearance--they talked about going to Hooters and being naked on the cover of Sports Illustrated, as one does--but when she shared a picture of her appearance the next day on Instagram, many of her fans pointed out that she looked smaller than usual. As it turns out, the photo had been sent to her by Fallon's team, and had been retouched without her knowing about it. “I have to make an apology to everyone," she said on Instagram. "I was sent a picture to share on social for Fallon that was altered without me knowing to make my arms look smaller. I won’t say by who--I know it was done with severely misplaced positive intentions--but this goes against everything I believe, and I am extremely proud of every inch of my body. And I can assure you all it will never happen again. I could not be more appalled and hope you all forgive me.”  While the Photoshop job itself isn't horrible, technically speaking, it's a good reminder that you should generally, uh, ask someone before you alter their appearance.

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Olivia Munn

Last month, Olivia Munn appeared on the cover for WebMD magazine--a magazine geared towards, you know, health--with one of the most ridiculous body size-reducing Photoshop jobs of all time. As one Reddit commenter said, "I love the “Weight loss mysteries explained” title next to her. Photoshop. Her weight loss was caused by Photoshop. Mystery solved!"

Image source:Daily Edge

Kerry Washington

In April, Kerry Washington was featured on the cover of Adweek looking a little...not like herself. Or, rather, a lotFacebook post, the actress said, "I'm no stranger to Photoshopping. It happens a lot. In a way, we have become a society of picture adjusters - who doesn't love a filter?!? And I don't always take these adjustments to task but I have had the opportunity to address the impact of my altered image in the past and I think it's a valuable conversation.  Yesterday, however, I just felt weary. It felt strange to look at a picture of myself that is so different from what I look like when I look in the mirror. It's an unfortunate feeling."

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Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid landed the cover of Vogue China in February 2016. Many of her fans took issue with the cover, however, since they totally removed the birthmarks on her stomach that the supermodel is known for. Much like Priyanka Chopra's armpit Photoshop, removing moles is not the most egregious case of Photoshop error, but it highlights how unnecessary Photoshop can be. Plus, Hadid herself has said that she doesn't particularly like it when her moles get airbrushed out, saying in an interview with Allure last year, "A lot of people get mad at me when [beauty marks are] Photoshopped out. But I don't want them Photoshopped. If they are, that's the client's decision. I love them." Leave Gigi's beauty marks alone!

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Lena Dunham

Tentaciones, a Spanish magazine, put Lena Dunham on their March cover. Dunham, who did not seem to be aware of the feature, was shocked when she saw the cover, in which she looks significantly thinner than she does in real life. She spoke out about it in a post on Instagram, saying, "Oh hello El Pais! I am genuinely honored to be on your cover and so happy you licensed a pic by @ruvenafanador, who always makes me feel gorgeous. BUT this is NOT what my body has ever looked like or will ever look like- the magazine has done more than the average photoshop, So if you're into what I do, why not be honest with your readers? Much love, Lena." The magazine later apologized, which Dunham accepted, blaming society's obsession with thinness and perfection as a whole rather than the magazine itself.

Image source:E! Online

Khloe Kardashian

As everyone knows, the hardest Photoshop wound to heal from is the one that's self-inflicted. Khloe Kardashian--she of the terrible, short-lived "Kocktails With Khloe," may it RIP--learned this herself when, in February, she posted a post-gym bathroom selfie that had clearly been edited (es evidenced by the suspiciously curvy doorframe in the background). The internet immediately took umbrage, but a few months later, on her app, she revealed why she photoshopped the picture, saying, "It's funny because everyone made a big stink about this Instagram photo below because I Photoshopped it. Yes, I did Photoshop it, but I was trying to make my thinner leg look bigger to match my other leg!!! All I want are big, thick thighs and I hate how skinny my legs are."

Image source:Too Fab

Britney Spears

Like Khloe K, Britney Spears also got some flack back in March for Photoshopping her own picture. As you can see, there is a suspicious gap between her back and the ground (logically, there should be cement under her back, rather than that nebulous swirl of blue), which makes it seem as thought he photo was pinched to make her waist look smaller. Some commenters insisted that the photo was edited, while others defended Spears, saying that the gap is from a shadow, and the blue is a towel. Spears, for her part, has not yet made a comment.

Image source:Instagram


Look at the picture above. Is it not, like, the absolute worst example of a Photoshop fail? (Or, to be more exact, the best example of a Photoshop fail.) But this was actually done on purpose--the ad copy reads, "Photo retouchers get confused when they're hungry." Same!

Image source:Cosmopolitan

What do you think of these Photoshop fails? Did I forget any good ones? Let us know in the comments!

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