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Kelly Clarkson is such a guilty pleasure of mine. Her music is so catchy, and I love how she seems to have such a down-to-earth, go-with-the-flow take on fame and life—especially with respect to body image and weight.
But the 27-year-old singer is the subject of a recent photo scandal. She graces the September cover of Self, and her photo appears to have been significantly re-touched to make her look slimmer. Needless to say, her fans are outraged, wondering why the magazine even bothered to ask Kelly Clarkson to be on the cover if they didn't think her body size was appropriate.
You won't believe how the editors defended themselves...
The editor-in-chief of Self defended the re-touching, saying ""Did we alter her appearance? Only to make her look her personal best" (which suggests that Kelly's real-life body isn't the best).
As if this weren't enough, the Self editors went on to say that they were right to make her slimmer on the cover because "covers shouldn't reflect reality, but inspire women to want to be their best."
So what does Miss Independent have to say all of this? She seems completely comfortable with her body the way it is: "When people talk about my weight, I'm like, 'You seem to have a problem with it; I don't. I'm fine!"
See? This is why I love her!
What do you think? Do you think Self was right to re-touch the photo? Or should magazine covers "reflect reality"?