Amazing hte scrutiny this photo warrants.
Well, to MY eye, her ankles don't look retouched. The highlights are where the bones would cause them -- in particular, on her left foot, there's a big highlight where the lateral (oops, no, the internal) malleolus -- i.e., the knob at the end of the tibia -- would cause one. So that doesn't look like airbrushing.
ANd hte little horizontal lines would be natural wrinkling that silk tights would cause -- silk doesn't stretch like nylon, it doesn't recover its shape so well, and over hte ankle it would get over-stretched (as it famously did at the knees).
And on top of that, if there WERE ribbons there, the shoe wouldn't be so loose down by hte arch -- and on both feet the shoes look loose there, more-so on the left (which actually gaps a little) but even on hte right it's not tight there. RIbbons are sewn right at those points to pull the shoe towards the instep.
THe poor ballerina has short calves, big heels, and thick ankles, a lot like mine.
Edited by Paul Parish, 25 June 2008 - 09:44 AM.