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Tom Ford Thinks Models Aren't People

Plus Urban Outfitters' new beauty department, the truth about sunburns and more of the top stories of the day

• Designer Tom Ford thinks that a model is no longer a person when she's in front of the camera. Instead, "she becomes an image." Ford also believes we shouldn't get so freaked out about Photoshop because it's been around forever. "I don't think things are so retouched today. But why wouldn't people expect pictures to be altered? [Fashion advertising] is not about the models, it's about the image. She's no longer a person; she's an image. The way we talk -- 'she has no neck; her legs are stumps' -- of course she has a neck. But the image isn't an image of real person. It's an idealised image," he said. Gee thanks, Tom. [Business Insider]

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• A, uh, psychologist started a photo editing service because he thinks that everybody should have perfectly edited online dating photos. "Your profile picture is your personal brand," Dr. Steven Nakisher said. "It is how you present yourself to the world." He sounds like a really great psychologist. [NYDN]

• In an effort to steal away a larger portion of your paycheck, Urban Outfitters is going to be carrying a bigger selection of beauty products in its newly revamped Beauty Shop. New brands include TONY MOLY, Face Shop, Poppy and Someday, and Holika Holika. We're excited. [Beauty High]

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• Bad sunburns before the age of 20 increase your risk of cancer by 80 percent. A study published last week in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention found that those who reported at least five blistering sunburns between the ages of 15 and 20 were 80 percent more likely too have melanoma in adulthood. So thank your mom for making you wear sunblock, okay? [Refinery 29]

• The Eco-Atkins diet is a modified version of the Atkins diet that is a vegan diet high in vegetable protein and low in carbohydrates. It's been found to reduce cholesterol and lower the risk of stuff like heart disease, so it may be worth giving it a shot if you're overweight. [Prevention]

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