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Kelly Clarkson’s “Self” Magazine Cover: A Weighty Issue

Posted Sep 21 2009 4:52pm

kelly-clarkson-self-magazine It’s all the buzz today, and I just couldn’t help but discuss it.  In case you haven’t heard, there’s a new controversy over the cover photo of Kelly Clarkson in September’s issue of SELF magazine.  She’s looking slimmer than ever.  But it’s not due to a new fad diet or hectic workout schedule, but because she’s been photoshopped.  But noticeably  photoshopped — she’s been dramatically and artificially slimmed down due to all the retouching.

And it’s causing a big debate.

The big debate is because Kelly looks a lot thinner on the magazine cover than she does in recent photos.  At this point in her life she is not as thin as the cover photo portrays.  And to make it even more interesting, the theme for the September issue is all about “Total Body Confidence.”

Both the magazine and Kelly Clarkson admit the photo was retouched — and let’s be honest here, ALL magazine covers are retouched, airbrushed and photoshopped.

The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Lucy Danziger, told Entertainment Tonight:“Yes, of course we do post-production corrections on our images. Kelly Clarkson exudes confidence, and is a great role model for women of all sizes and stages of their life. She works out and is strong and healthy, and our picture shows her confidence and beauty. She literally glows from within. That is the feeling we’d all want to have. We love this cover and we love Kelly Clarkson.”

Kelly has had many ups and downs with her weight and is always very open about it.  She’s happy with her size and shape, no matter what the scale, the press, or what other people say.  She’s really comfortable in her own skin (go Kelly!!)  This is a woman who truly doesn’t care what other people think.  Even in her interview for the magazine’s cover story Kelly said:   “My happy weight changes.  Sometimes I eat more; sometimes I play more. I’ll be different sizes all the time. When people talk about my weight, I’m like, ‘You seem to have a problem with it; I don’t. I’m fine!’ I’ve never felt uncomfortable on the red carpet or anything.”

This morning I saw a segment on The Today Show where they had on the magazine’s editor-in-chief, defending the magazine’s actions.  They also had Emme, the well known plus-size model and host of the tv show “More To Love,” representing the other side of the issue .  She talked about the changes going on in society and that people want to see more realistic images (though she does agree with some basic retouching….but not going as far as changing her shape).

I ‘d like to know how YOU feel about this whole issue:

Is SELF magazine (and other magazines) sending the wrong message to our girls and all us women (and men)?

Or is all of this retouching and photoshopping okay, as long as the person themselves is fine with it and comfortable in their own skin (like Kelly Clarkson)?

Is it okay to photoshop a few wrinkles and bags under the eyes, but is making someone look thinner going too far?

And where do we draw the line in all of this?

Speak up and tell us what you think!

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