October 22, 2014

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet and a Photoshop Fail

by pyrad
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I recently ‘liked‘ Canadian CrossFit athlete Camille Leblanc-Bazinet. You can ‘like‘ her too on facebook, follow her on twitter, see her videos on youtube, or read her BNS profile.

Her fame recently exploded as she won the 2014 Reebok Crossfit Games and earned the title of “Fittest Woman in the World“.

Camille Leblanc-Bazinet (image source)

(I definitely put “Fittest” in quotes. She is incredibly fit, and I’m sure she deserves the title of greatest CrossFit athlete. But, I don’t agree that CrossFit’s definition the 10 elements or components of fitness. CrossFit makes you good at CrossFit, not necessarily other things. Actually, there are a lot of things I don’t like about CrossFit as documented here and here).

Camille is definitely very strong, fit, deserving of her title (and accompanying endorsement deals), and dare I say, a very beautiful young lady.

So, it’s no surprise that she will be gracing the cover of magazines. She will be on the December cover of The Box Magazine who’s primary audience is the CrossFit community. They shared the cover on their Facebook page recently. But, something is a little off…


Badly photoshoped Camille Leblanc-Bazinet for the December 2014 Issue of Box Magazine (source)


Well, here are some untouched images of Ms. Leblanc-Bazinet:


Untouched photo of Camile Leblanc-Bazinet (source)
What she actually looks like




Needless to say, there has been SIGNIFICANT outrage. Here’s one of my favourite comments:  “And really, WHERE ARE HER MUSCLES? You erased her muscles? On a CrossFit magazine?

Photoshopping models is almost standard nowadays, but it takes particular gall to photoshop a woman to look less muscular! Patrick McCarthy of BreakingMuscle.com has a great article discussing this and how the community has reacted VERY negatively.


Here’s a half-hearted apology/explanation from The Box’s Facebook Page

Did we do some color correction and use Photoshop on the image? Yes. Did we airbrush or retouch Camille’s abs, legs, muscles? No. Did her body need any work? No. Do we regret having done anything at all? Yes.


I wrote about Body Image last week and how there are unreasonable standards placed on men. But it’s interesting to note that the “standards” for women apparently include not being too muscular.


What do you think about this scandal where a magazine was caught ‘red handed’?

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