Karlie Kloss’ Ribs Airbrushed in Topless ‘Numéro’ Shoot (PHOTOS)

Peggy Truong | September 26, 2012 - 2:17 pm

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Supermodel Karlie Kloss — and her ribs — are sparking a new wave of controversy in the fashion world.

In the October issue of international fashion magazine Numéro, the 20-year-old can be seen looking sexy and seductive as she poses topless with her hands behind her head.

Now, American photographer Greg Kadel and his studio have released the original photo of Kloss — showing jutting ribs and collarbones and confirming that the photo received a whole lot of airbrushing action.

This is not the first time Kloss has made headlines with a photo spread involving a questionable image.

In December 2011, Vogue Italia removed from its website an image of a then 19-year-old Kloss, who posed for an 18-page photo spread called Body by Kloss.

The photo, featuring Kloss in a bizarre, almost contortionist-like pose, was nixed after some suggested that it had been heavily Photoshopped, while others were actually celebrating it on pro-anorexia websites.

Weeks later, the magazine’s editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani wrote on her blog that the Photoshop accusations were far from accurate.

“Very few understand photography and don’t know about the viewpoint a body can be shot from. If the bust is imbalanced with respect to the pelvis and the picture is not frontal, the hips will look wider and the waist thinner,” she wrote, adding that Kloss was “not anorexic but has a muscular body with a rounded contour due to the muscles’ tension.”

Sozzani claimed that the photo was removed from the site “because I am aware of the fact that people can easily attach labels without thinking, so I believed I could avoid a pointless debate . . . the picture is beautiful and that’s all.”

What do you think of Karlie Kloss’ airbrushed photo in the ‘Numéro’ shoot? Do you think the magazine was right in hiding her ribs? Share your thoughts below.