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  • Retouching on Kardashian holiday card 'just too much,' expert says

    The Kardashians have released their annual holiday card and some critics are scratching their head at what they are dubbing a digitally-enhanced disaster.

    “The retouching is too much,” Andrew Irving, creative director of entertainment at Los Angeles-based creative agency, and company, told “Nobody has any wrinkles, nobody has any lines – it’s just too much. There’s a technique where things are ultra-shiny and slick and you cover up the pores – but this this is just covering up detail and shadow. I think it’s hack work.”

    The photo illustration of the reality TV family features Olympian Bruce Jenner flanked by wife Kris and their combined offspring – including Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian – standing on marble stairs in front of three arches painted with a sponge faux finish. “There are some execution problems,” noted Irving. “The arches are very CGI-looking.”

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    Irving theorized that the background was created in a 3D illustration program, while the the family members and couples were shot individually and assembled later in a computer design program. “Then the retoucher had the nerve to sign it,”  marveled Irving. “I’ve never seen that before.”

    The family’s solemn expressions might reflect the tough year they’ve had, from bad press to Kim’s divorce to Khloe’s husband Lamar being traded from the L.A. Lakers.

    Aside from the ashen expressions, matriarch Kris Jenner is shooting a steely stare while sporting a skintight blue sequined dress. “[It appears that] she feels that she has to be the center of attention,” Irving said of Mamma Kris’ pouty pose. “She [probably]  oversaw this card, because she put herself in the center, and she put herself in that outfit.”

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    Inspecting Kourtney’s exaggerated posterior, Irving was dumbfounded. “That looks ridiculous.”

    Sister Khloe and her husband, NBA star Lamar Odom, don’t fare much better. “It looks like her legs are too skinny to hold up that body,” said Irving. “It’s not proportional, it’s not human. It’s weird, because even Lamar – of course he’s a tall guy, but look at his legs – it looks as if they’ve been stretched.”

    Oddly enough, 6’10” Odom and 5’2” Kim appear to share the same pant size.  “If you compare his legs to Kim’s, they’re the same length,” remarked Irving. “That can’t be right.”

    Our expert believes that there’s not much excuse for the reality TV family to have a horrifying holiday card.

    “The Kardashians have enough money to really shoot this properly,” declared Irving. “And to have better retouching.”

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