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November 13, 2007

Not Even Normal

Filed under: The Fat's in the Fire — Francesca @ 12:14 pm

A couple of months ago, we discussed the hack job which Glamour’s cover designers had done on the beautiful figure of America Ferrera.

Not to belabor the point, but this month’s cover clearly indicates that not enough heads have rolled over there. It’s one thing to make a curvalicious actress look like a Barbie doll; it’s another thing to do so in such an obvious way that we all notice it. Listen Glamour, if you’re going to try to trick us into believing that Ferrera has stick-thin arms and a rib missing from the bottom of her ribcage, at least don’t do it so that we all know what you are doing. If you are going to trick us, then trick us. That’s why we pay your newsstand price, for the fantasy, right?

So what exactly have you done this month to Mariah Carey’s normally-perfectly-normal face?

Mariah Glamour

Francesca took one look at this cover and thought “Aha! Clearly there is a new beauty trend emerging!”


Plastic is the new black.


  1. I don’t know why they felt compelled to alter America’s figure. I spent the weekend watching all 23 episodes of season 1 and she is adorable. Her figure is just fine. SHE IS NOT FAT!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by class-factotum — November 13, 2007 @ 8:06 pm

  2. I think Mariah looks pretty. Airbrushed, yes, but they airbrush all their covers.

    They alter everyone’s figures on the cover. Besides, America has given into the pressure and dropped MAJOR amounts of weight since Real Women Have Curves. So why shouldn’t they pare her down like all the others? She’s no longer a curvy woman’s advocate. She’s just another Hollywood actress strictly dieting to be thin.

    Comment by Angel — November 13, 2007 @ 8:48 pm

  3. Angel,

    Yes, you are right — America is a lot thinner than she was in the movie (although she still has some meat on her — and it looks good). But why do they need to pare down anyone?? Although if they are going to pare you down anyhow, why not just eat?

    Comment by class-factotum — November 14, 2007 @ 9:32 am

  4. Have you read this month’s Glamour yet? The editor addresses the altered state of America by saying that while she was airbrushed they did not “slim” her using a computerized technique. To which I say…yeah right.

    Comment by Rae — November 14, 2007 @ 10:44 am

  5. Ok, after looking at the America cover, I am pretty sure that they “didn’t digitally slim her body.” Just the wording there is a big clue, however! What they did do is give her skinnier arms, airbrush out her cleavage and the crease there the upper arm meets the body, and they have also lengthened her neck and perched her pretty face atop it at a really unnatural angle.

    Comment by Jenna — November 14, 2007 @ 4:10 pm

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