Outrage as Target photoshops teen to give her a thigh gap

American bargain fashion store, Target has come under fire for an appalling use of photoshop on one of their female models.

As part of their junior line (this is important later), the model is wearing the Xhilaration® Junior's Midkini 2-Piece Swimsuit -Leopard Print, and has been photoshopped with her crotch missing.

Not only that, some of the girl's left arm also appears to be missing, as well as the left side of her stomach. Further down, on her right, her hand also appears to be a little mangled.

When you first look at the image (albeit from a distance) the disaster doesn't seem so obvious, but on closer inspection, the more we can't believe they actually uploaded such a ridiculous image.

More worryingly, it's clear that they've been using photoshop to shave off parts of this girl's body to make her appear thinner than she already is, which is worrying when you consider this product is being marketed to teenage girls.

This isn't the first time the popular store has come under fire for its promotion of its products online. Last year, the website advertised a regular-sized, grey maxi dress as being 'Dark Heather Grey', whereas the same dress but plus size was described as being 'Manatee Grey'.

However, according to Target spokesman Joshua Thomas, 'Manatee Gray' is a standard color name used across Target products, plus-size and otherwise. Unfortunately there were two teams of buyers responsible for the two dresses, meaning they each chose different color names without consulting with one another.

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