Art | October 1, 2017 5:00 am

Getty Images Bans Photos with Retouched Models

Ban goes into effect today and is based on a new French law.

In a major step forward for accuracy and more realistic portrayals of the human body, the global photo agency Getty Images has announced it will no longer accept retouched images as of October 1st, according to ABC News

Determining which photos have been altered is much easier now, thanks to a new French law—also set to go into effect on October 1st—that compels clients to say whether or not photos of models have been altered to make the models appear larger or thinner. According to the law, any altered photos used in news or advertisements must be accompanied by a label declaring them a “retouched image.”

Getty Images, which is based in the U.S., has modified its Creative Stills Submission Requirements to replicate this law. However, it will still allow some minor, post-production alterations such as changes to “hair color, nose shape, and retouching of skin or blemishes,” according to ABC News. Getty released a statement that said any manipulation of photos beyond these small types of alterations “will be a breach of our submission requirements.”