1. OJ Simpson.
Time didn’t think OJ looked black enough after he was accused of double murder back in 1998. They edited his mug-shot to look very dark and reaped the opprobrium of just about everyone.
L’Oreal was accused to whitening Beyonce’s face in her hair color ad for the company. L’Oreal denied the accusation and claimed Beyonce’s unusually pale skin color was the result of the lighting used on the photo shoot.
Censorship was very widespread in the Soviet Union, but Stalin was prolific even by the standards of the time. He ordered photos of anyone who fell out of his favour to be edited. Citizens, of course, politely pretended not to notice.
4. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Back in 2005 Star Magazine jumped the gun and announced that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were “caught together on vacation”. However, Brad Pitt was in the Caribbean with his then-wife Jennifer Anniston and Jolie was in Virginia. The magazine did include a disclaimer admitting their deception on page 8, saying the cover was a composite of two different photos.
5. Andy Roddick on Men’s Fitness
Pro tennis player Andy Roddick is in great shape – but his biceps are not as plump as they appeared on Men’s Fitness in May 2007. “Little did I know I have 22-inch guns and a disappearing birthmark on my right arm,” Roddick wrote on his blog. “I saw the cover for the first time when I landed in Rome. It was pretty funny. Maybe Rafael Nadal wants his arms back”?
6. The University of Wisconsin-Madison
The University of Wisconsin-Madison was busted for photoshopping an African American face into a sea of white faces on the cover of an undergraduate application booklet for the 2001-02 school year. It was an embarrassing attempt to promote racial diversity. Paul Barrows, vice chancellor for student affairs, said it was an error in judgement that shouldn’t have happened.
7. In the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict, a Reuters reporter was caught blatantly faking photos of the blasts. When he was called out on the deception, he claimed he’d been trying to remove dust marks but had made mistakes due to the harsh conditions he was working on. But that was impossible since he added an entire plume of smoke, cloned the plumes, and duplicated buildings.