Of all the things to criticise about women’s magazines and fashion advertising, nothing is more universally reviled than the airbrush. The world of the digital photo retoucher is that of a beauty-standard Frankenstein. In the last decade or so, as photo airbrushing has become both more sophisticated and more accessible, we’ve seen a rapid expansion of its use to make modelling images the very definition of perfection, at least in the opinions of editors and other gatekeepers. This perfect image of beauty has pushed many women over the edge as they are constantly trying to look thin. In this episode of Zee Companion, we look at the reality of this profession, discussing the effects of over airbrushing, thin figures, backlash from organisations, the blame game amongst the models, fashion designers & photographers and much more…