Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2006]
Origins: A good many people hold the viewpoint that the world's top models are slender not only beyond the point of attractiveness, but even beyond the point of healthfulness. This feeling was reinforced by the recent deaths of 22-year-old Uruguayan model Luisel Ramos, who succumbed to heart failure during a fashion show in
Although the models pictured above would probably (when viewed in unaltered photographs) be described by most people as "skinny," they aren't quite as skeletal as they appear to be in those photos, which are images of already-slender models that have been digitally manipulated to give the women shockingly emaciated appearances.
Displayed below are some of the original photographs as they appeared before alteration:
Last updated: 31 January 2015
CNN.com. "Model Dies of Anorexia Complications." 17 November 2006. People. "Anorexia Takes a Life." 4 December 2006 (p. 120).