Earlier in the week, I wrote a blurb about Kristen Stewart’s November 2011 Glamour cover, and I argued her left arm had been Photoshopped out. A little controversy erupted in the comments section about whether the recent Endurance Magazine cover that featured Operation Beautiful – and me in on my bike – was Photoshopped to make me appear thinner (specifically, in the left thigh/leg area). This image is also my blog ‘headshot’ on the right side of my blog.
I wanted to clarify this issue because 1) Endurance Magazine is a great, inspiring publication that really encourages women and men of all shapes and sizes to be healthy; 2) the photographer who shot the cover was really sweet, genuine, and supportive of the nature of the Operation Beautiful movement; and 3) I never, ever doubted that it was actually 100% my body (granted, stretching out a leg and standing on tip-toe while wearing compressing bike shorts makes for a flattering pose).
Furthermore, it is very, very important to me for you guys to know that if I was ever on or in a magazine that did Photoshop my body (something that would be totally out of my control, by the way), I would publically flame the magazine for doing so. It would be a social media takedown of truly epic proportions. Ha!
Anyway – to clear up any lingering issues about whether my body was Photoshopped on the cover of Endurance Magazine, here is the out-of-the-lens original photo and the edited (but not slimmed down) cover picture. Of course, there is some editing in regarding to removing my in-laws’ backyard and improving the lighting. But as you can clearly see, there is absolutely no difference in regards to my body shape.
Thanks for reading HTP and promoting healthy discussion!
you still have all of your limbs. You look great. If people think it’s bs, it’s on them. You are you, that’s truer than true.