Rihanna looks spectacular on the July cover of Elle magazine. But is her waist really the same width as her head? Even though her body is twisted away from the camera, the proportions are just… off. Exaggerated shoulders can make a waistline look slimmer, but it just seems like, on the right       side of the image, her body has been streamlined from breast to hip.

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Just for comparison, here’s Rihanna’s actual, unretouched — and amazingly gorgeous — figure. Her waist is narrow, and defined, but nowhere near the wasp-like thorax on the Elle cover. Rihanna photoshopped in Elle Just seems like they scooped out some flesh over there on the right. The arm looks odd, and the lines of the body and the arm are completely parallel, in a way that appears digitally altered. In this still from a behind-the-scenes video at Elle.com, you can see what her waist and arm looked like before retouching. Rihanna Elle shoot

Article by Jezebel *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      *      * Rihanna is a naturally slender woman, so why Elle felt the need to Photoshop her is beyond me. No one should be photoshopped period, but doing it to a celebrity that already fit “the blueprint” really sends an awful message. You can never be too perfect, I guess. One thing I am curious about, is if the models/celebrities actually get a voice in whether they are photoshopped or not. Occasionally you will hear a model/celebrity come forward about an instance where she was photoshopped and either did not like it or did not want it. However, this is rare. Fortunately, many of these high profile people have recently been embracing and appearing in magazines without Photoshop – for example Jessica Simpson for Marie Claire. I think we really need more people to refuse being digitally altered. It’s empowering and it’s real.