The case of the disappearing cleavage

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The case of the disappearing cleavage

If you think Photoshopping is reserved for flashy advertisements and glossy magazine covers, think again – even politicians can’t escape the wrath of the digital airbrush. Case in point: First-year Canadian MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan is currently at the center of a Photoshopping controversy after someone deemed her cleavage too sexy for Parliament.
Photo: House of Commons

According to Canadian blog Contrarian, an intrepid reader performed a Google image search for Sitsabaiesan and came across the thumbnail pictured [above]. When the reader clicked through to Sitsabaiesan’s offical Parliament profile, he found a modified version of the headshot which had been retouched to remove her curves, pictured below. This suggests that the original photo was altered for being too hot to handle.
Photo: House of Commons

Sitsabaiesan is only in her first year on the job, but has already earned praise for her confidence and poise. Unfortunately, her talent is being overshadowed by the curiously cropped photo and its ramifications for women in the political world. Critics argue that the alteration was anti-feminist, and that that the cleavage was removed to make Sitsabaiesan appear less womanly. On the other hand, many believe that the photo was inappropriate to begin with and showed disrespect for what is admittedly a very formal workplace. Both sides of the debate have their merits, but as a working woman, I’d definitely raise an eyebrow at anyone who came into the office showing as much cleavage as Sitsabaiesan did in the original photograph. Perhaps a more conservative outfit choice would have staved off the initial distraction of the low-cut shirt, and more importantly, the subsequent Photoshopping controversy.

http://blog.sfgate.com/hottopics/2011/09/26/the-case-of-the-disappearing-cleavage/

So what's worse? Cleavage showing on a Member of Parliament's official portrait, or Photoshopping the cleavage out of her official portrait?

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The original photo isn't suited for your official portrait as an MP.

Rather than photoshop, they should have told her to find a different shirt before taking the picture.

This sort of thing is inevitable. The NDP gained 60 seats in the last election and most of the candidates were rookies. Apparently, there should have been a rundown on appropriate business attire.

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Cleavage on an official photo. Her original shirt was not even close to proper business attire especially for someone representing others. She's gorgeous though you'd think she'd realize that's an inappropriate amount of skin. It's not like she's unintelligent.

http://rathikasitsabaiesan.ndp.ca/

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Agreed with the others; clevage was not appropriate in the first place.

Joined: 03/14/09
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I love Rathika. She can wear whatever the hell she wants. I've certainly seen worse in the House. Or outside of the House. There are real issues here to be debated, why don't we spend some time on them?

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I think that her outfit looks a little star wars. Which means inappropriate for an official photo. I agree with Kris.

And Jenn, why not start topics whenever you like when you hate the ones offered up! More people need to do so! Smile

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"Potter75" wrote:

I think that her outfit looks a little star wars. Which means inappropriate for an official photo. I agree with Kris.

Why not start topics whenever you like when you hate the ones offered up! More people need to do so! Smile

I actually meant in the realm of the House, not specifically on here. And the reason I don't start debates is I am trying to spend less time on here! Wink

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"blather" wrote:

I actually meant in the realm of the House, not specifically on here.

Ah. I thought you were angry about the peanut butter Smile Yes, then, I agree with you. In the realm of national importance clearly this is very unimportant....but all that aside, I would think that someone as smart as her would have a better sense of professionalism especially in the case of a planned, posed photo.

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Is anyone ready to jump on the conspiracy theory that Ms. Sitsabaiesan absolutely knew what she was doing wearing that blouse for her official portrait, and did it anyway for some publicity? Either way, cleavage or airbrushed, a lot more people have heard her name & read her bio than had done so a month ago.

I think I am. :oops:

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