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Ugly Betty becomes Skinny Betty for the cover of Glamour

by Richard Keller, posted Sep 12th 2007 10:01AM

Photoshopped or not Photoshopped? Does that cover image look real to you?In the world of digital image manipulation there are two types of Photoshop users: those who use it like an artist uses a brush, and those who use it like a 1st grader uses glue to paste cutouts on a worksheet. In today's lesson, we'll be talking about the 1st grader.

Take a look at the image of Ugly Betty's America Ferrera from the cover of October's Glamour magazine. Many reports are saying that America's head has been sloppily pasted to a thinner woman's body. From the most recent image of America on the left, it certainly looks like a digital imaging hash job. The head seems a bit off kilter. And, take a look at her neck. Isn't it just a tad thinner and longer than we are used to seeing?

Also, take a look at Ferrera's arms on that cover. Maybe it was the way the shot was taken (which, if done with a normal camera, was not done well), but they look extremely thin. Compare them to what you see in the other image. There's definitely a lot more meat to them than the Glamour cover shows.

Of course, the magazine is denying that any digital manipulation has occurred. Emails sent out to angry readers by Reader Services are saying that the picture is really that of America Ferrara and that she is a smaller size on her bottom (6/8) and a larger size on her top (10). Sorry, but the image I see looks a lot more even than that!

Look, if Glamour did digitally manipulate the image to sell magazines they made a mistake. They would have sold more magazines if they put America and her average-sized body on the cover. That's because women are tired of seeing pictures of practically emaciated women on the front of their magazines. They want to see average-sized women like themselves. Here's hoping that Glamour, or America herself, respond to these allegations.

Do you think America Ferrera's body has been photoshopped?
Yes13843 (80.1%)
No1606 (9.3%)
Can't tell1827 (10.6%)

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Katie

I can totally tell that this isn't real. And that's pretty sad. Do they really think that they will sell more magazines this way? I would love to see more REAL women on the covers of these magazines; not just because they are super-skinny. I think she looks better with a little more meat anyway.

September 13 2007 at 8:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SANTANA

ERIN -- CURVY D/N MEAN YOU ARE FAT -- CURVY MEANS A CURVING LINE OF THE HUMAN BODY. EVEN IF SHE IS NOT A 6 D/N MEAN SHE IS FAT - SO DON'T WORRY YOUR LITTLE SELF.

September 12 2007 at 10:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lucy

oprah does it every month -- and she's supposed to be the "average" woman's voice . . . who does she think she's kidding?? i'm embarrassed for her.

September 12 2007 at 10:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SANTANA

THERASA -- YOU ARE AN IDIOT -- WHERE DO YOU GET OFF SAYING FASHION MAGS ARE FOR THIN BEAUTIFUL MODELS FOR THE COVER. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG GIRL,A GREAT EXAMPLE FOR THE YOUNG WOMEN OF TODAY,INSTEAD OF THE SICK LOOKING WAIFS THAT YOU SEE.AND WHY DOESN'T SHE HAVE ANY STYLE SHE HAS AS MUCH STYLE AS THESE TWIGS THEY CL MODELS. AND WHY SHOULD SHE BE ON JENNY CRAIG OR W/E SHE IS NOT FAT. SHE IS VERY CURVACIOUS. MAYBE YOU THINK YOU SHOULD BE ON THE COVER.

September 12 2007 at 10:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MLP

Someone needs to photoshop a brain on this author's head and maybe he could come up with some real news stories.

September 12 2007 at 10:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Marie

What difference does it make...the cover looks great, it will sell issues and Betty looks good either way...I have heard her speak...she comes across as a very humble person...so go with that :o)

September 12 2007 at 10:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lourdes

How awful, and how totally unrealistic, that we women are not ever to be allowed to grow curvy, grow old, or in fact to change in any way after the age of 25, without a whole lot of slams and disses. This cultural attitude isn't just bad for young women---it's also terrible for young MEN AND BOYS, who like what they are told to like (and revile what they are told is "bad.") What do you do if you "never measure up"? Fall into anorexia? Lose your mind? Blow your brains out? At what point are we allowed to grow old, fat---and happy? I know.....never! Here in the Land of Plenty, you aren't to eat anything. At any time in your life.

September 12 2007 at 10:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Aubrey

Too bad... She is so pretty already.

September 12 2007 at 10:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Melissa

Who cares if it was airbrushed. Leave America alone. She is terrific and so is the show. I love her just the way she is. Why do you people solely judge people by their bodies and not what's inside? She is a very pretty young lady, and doesn't deserve any negative comments. The ones criticizing her, have you looked at yourselves in the mirror lately? Actress or no actress, let the woman be and get a life.

September 12 2007 at 9:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rose Edwards

Why in the world do magazines feel that they have to "slim down" every single female they present on their covers?

Let's face it, NORMAL women have curves! They have round breasts, arms, buttocks, hips and all the other wonderful things that make a woman a woman!

America is a beautiful NORMAL looking woman--that is, until Glamour got to her! Now she really IS "Ugly"!
Shame on Glamour!

September 12 2007 at 9:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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