What’s wrong with this picture? Apart from the fact that magazines continue to peddle these tedious stories about post-baby bodies designed to make mothers feel like crap? Apart from this relentless emphasis on losing weight after giving birth? Oh no, there’s more.
Check out the original shot of reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian before US OK magazine CUT HER IN HALF AND DIGITALLY CREATED A NEW LOWER BODY with Photoshop:
A KARDASHIAN REALITY: The new issue of OK magazine claims to have an exclusive on Kourtney Kardashian’s “body after baby,” but the package might not be as exclusive as the magazine proclaims — and Kardashian might not be as slim as she appears on its cover.= display_ad('x18', 'hidden-xs hidden-md mm_incontent', 'MM In Content'); ?>= display_ad('x20', 'visible-xs mm_mob_incontent', 'MM In Content (Mobile)'); ?>
The reality TV star contends she never spoke to OK for the cover story, which quotes her as well as her friends and stepfather, Bruce Jenner. “They doctored and Photoshopped my body to make it look like I have already lost all the weight, which I have not,” Kardashian told WWD. She also spoke out to her Twitter followers: “One of those weeklies got it wrong again…they didn’t have an exclusive with me. And I gained 40 pounds while pregs, not 26…But thanks!”
The cover photo features Kardashian posing with her baby, Mason, a shot taken seven days after his birth by Albert Michael of StarTraksPhoto.com. The cover image has been touched up to make Kardashian appear thinner on OK’s cover than in the original photo, which first appeared as part of the Jan. 11 issue of Life & Style.
It also seems that OK has built the lower half of Kardashian’s body for its cover, as the original images were cropped at the belly. An OK spokesman declined comment.
To those who are tired of “all this body image stuff“? To those who say “Photoshop is a fact of life, get over it“? To those who say “we already know magazines digitally retouch images, move on“?
I’m going to say this. I’m not going to move on. Because had the original photo of Kourtney not come to light and had she not spoken out about it, millions of women (and men) would have believed that’s what a woman really looks like 7 days after GIVING BIRTH.
And because if we don’t keep exposing the lies magazines like this are telling us and the gross disservice they are doing to women every time they try to deceive us into believing ANYONE resembles the images they publish, then they win. And we lose.
OK magazine? I am appalled.
Oh, and just for the record, THIS is what most women look like in the days after giving birth.