Being asked to feature in a ‘half their size’ issue of a weekly magazine isn’t something that happens, you know, ever. But while Shelly Horton was secretly hoping for some help from the Photoshop fairy, she never imagined this…
“Photoshop the shit out of me!”
Those were the exact words I said to Nicky Briger, my friend and editor of Who magazine.
“Sorry Darl, we don’t do that at Who,” she replied.
Over the past year-and-a-half I have lost 18 kilos (cue applause and the instant question ‘What’s your secret?’ Umm eat less, move more, stay consistent. Dull but it works.) Anyway I was posing for Who‘s annual “Half Their Size” edition.
Alex Perry made me a dress and I was so freaking excited to show off my new body.
But I also felt terrified about people cocking a disappointed eyebrow because, even with the weight-loss, you’d never describe me as skinny.
I excitedly opened the magazine and was secretly disappointed that they didn’t Photoshop me to look thinner – at all. But I was happy that my 18 months of hard work had paid off and I was looking curvy but strong.
But on a second look, I saw they had Photoshopped something IN.
You see, I lost the tip of my middle finger on my left hand in a childhood accident. But in the magazine, it had magically reappeared.
I wasn’t upset. In fact I laughed out loud.
I rang Nicky, and she was shocked and strongly denied Photoshopping, “We just don’t do it. I don’t know what’s happened but we did not Photoshop you.”