To celebrate its 24th anniversary issue, Elle Brazil photographed model Coco Rocha in New York. Because of the model’s policy of no nudity on photo shoots, Coco wore a bodysuit under a sheer gown for the cover image. The magazine, however, airbrushed the image without the model’s knowledge and permission to the extent that it looks as if Coco Rocha is completely naked under the sheer gown (or almost wearing nothing but body paint and glitter). Coco took it to her facebook page and tumblr to express her discontent with the cover:
“As a high fashion model I have long had a policy of no nudity or partial nudity in my photo shoots. For my recent Elle Brazil cover shoot I wore a body suit under a sheer dress which I now find was photoshopped out to give the impression of me showing much more skin than I was, or am comfortable with. This was specifically against my expressed verbal and written direction to the entire team that they not do so. I’m extremely disappointed that my wishes and contract was ignored. I strongly believe very model has a right to set rules for how she is portrayed and for me these rules were clearly circumvented.”
And that is precisely why we have never photographed a male model in a swimsuit and digitally removed it on photoshop to make it look as if he were naked: if nudity is not agreed upon previous to or during a shoot, it is not right to make believe it is there. According to Fashionologie, Coco Rocha may still sue the publication for breach of contract.