Controversy as Vogue Brazil photoshops disabilities onto models for Paralympic shoot (PHOTO)
Ahead of September’s Paralympic Games, the Brazilian edition of the fashion magazine sought to highlight the event with the campaign “We Are All Paralympians.”
However, management at the publication appear to have scored a bit of an own goal, with people questioning why the athletes with actual disabilities were not noticeably involved in the modeling shoot.
The magazine’s catchline accompanies pictures of Brazilian celebrities Paulo Vilhena and Cleo Pires, who appear to have had limbs or parts of limbs removed.
In one image circulated by the magazine across social media, Pires has part of her lower arm missing, while Vilhena is photoshopped with an artificial leg.
The images have not gone down well online, with many people angered at the apparent snub of disabled athletes and models.
In an Instagram post Pires said her photo was inspired by table tennis star Bruna Alexandre and had the backing of all those involved in the Games.
“As ambassador of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee I feel honored to represent Bruninha this campaign endorsed by the Paralympic Committee and the Brazilian Paralympic athletes,” it read.
Essa é a foto na qual nos inspiramos pra foto da campanha #somostodosparalímpicos. Essa é a Bruna Alexandre. Como embaixadora do comitê paralímpico brasileiro me sinto honrada em representar a Bruninha nessa campanha endossada pelo comitê paralímpico e pelos atletas paralímpicos brasileiros. Apenas uma dentre nossos 279 atletas Paralímpicos. E ela tem "umas 400" medalhas como ela mesma diz 😂🙏🏻 Arianinha danada começou a competir com atletas que tinham os dois braços🤘🏼🤘🏼🤘🏼 guerreira, ainda compete, não se acomoda. Fera demais. Nóix, pequena🤘🏼🙏🏻💪🏽⚡️💋😍😍 Para compra de ingressos acesse rio2016.com link na bio ⬆️ @voguebrasil @africaoficial @vilhenap @bruninha_alexandre @renatoleite10 @ocpboficial @pinymontoro @nizanng @andrepassos @danielafalcao1