Greg Kadel Reacts to Numero Airbrushing Karlie Kloss Images

Greg Kadel Is "Shocked and Dismayed" that Numéro Altered His Karlie Kloss Images

Greg Kadel Reacts to Numero Airbrushing Karlie Kloss Images

Photographer Greg Kadel is not pleased that one of the images he took of Karlie Kloss for Numéro magazine's October issue were altered to hide the model's ribs.

"It was Greg's desire to represent Karlie as she naturally is . . . slender, athletic, and beautiful," a statement from Kadel's studio reads. "That is why he released the images as he intended them to be seen by the public. He is shocked and dismayed that unbeknownst to him, Numéro took it upon themselves to airbrush over his original images. Greg stands by his original artwork and cannot stress enough that he not only was unaware of the magazine’s retouching but also finds the airbrushing of Karlie unacceptable and unnecessary."

Kadel released his photos on Monday, but by Tuesday, an image from the magazine — in which a shirtless Kloss places her hands behind her head and leans back against a wall — was leaked. The original showed Kloss's ribs, sternum, and clavicles; the magazine's version did not.

We have reached out to the editors at Numéro for their reaction to criticism of their decision to alter Kadel's images, but had not heard back as of this post. For now, a look at Kadel's original photos — and the altered image — here in the gallery.

Photos via Greg Kadel.