We know that those models that we are seeing on cover shoots have been shooed to death. We shared a few of those before/after over the years (see here, here and here for just a few). So we know that extreme retouching exists, and we also know that it’s an issue that bogs both models and photographers.
What is not so common, is having someone from within the retouching circle to out the secrets of the trade. Not becasue those secrets are unknown to most, we know that photos are shopped, but becasue it shines a light towards something that most brands and advertised prefer to keep in the shadows.
Refinery29 sat down with a high end retoucher, who says she’s done lots of work for Victoria Secret. She is still working with in the industry and understandably, she would like to remain anonymous. But this does not take away from her message or the tricks she is revealing: