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Lara Bingle slams Famous magazine over 'cellulite' photos.

Lara Bingle has accused Famous magazine of photoshopping cellulite onto her thighs in the latest issue of the gossip rag.

The 26-year-old model took to Twitter last night to slam Famous, claiming it had digitally altered photos of her in a bikini.

Bingle called the Pacific magazine owned rag a “disgrace” and said the magazine had reused the same image that rival magazine Who ran last month sans cellulite.

“Perpetuating self doubt in all women in the name of making a quick buck. Sickening. Same day different…” Bingle tweeted with an image from both magazines.

Famous hit back claiming the images were original, “The images are not photoshopped,” and “Our pics are legit. No photoshop.”

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Bingle also took on the magazine for claiming that she was engaged to Australian actor Sam Worthington. The magazine’s coverline reads: “Married in the Mediterranean. Lara Elopes!” And claims to have the scoop on their “secret island nuptials.”

The Aussie model received overwhelming support on Twitter last night with fans tweeting messages of support.

One user named Abbie Attard said: “How disgusting can you be? How do you think this cover effects women across the country? #SHAME”

Another tweeted: “I hope women now realise images in mags are not real & manipulated to make sales #promotepoorbodyimage #gottostop,” said Tania_Poletti.

“We are pleased to see a celebrity such as Lara realise the role magazines play in manipulating reality and acting as a conduit for celebrity culture,” says Christine Morgan, the chief executive of the Butterfly Foundation. “We look forward to Lara and her peers rallying against the use of Photoshop in all circumstances to avoid unrealistic portrayal of men and women by the media. The pervasive use of altered images by the media and fashion industry play a starring role in Australia’s increasing rates of low self-esteem and negative body image issues – resulting in skyrocketing rates of eating disorders and self-harm.”

Cellulite or no cellulite, this kind of body shaming is despicable and as Lara says, only plays to women’s insecurities by perpetuating self-doubt and self-loathing. This body-snarking and the need to catch out female celebrities without make-up or with -gasp!- cellulite is revolting.

If a gorgeous model like Lara Bingle is body shamed, what message does that send to the other 98% of the population who don’t have her model-y proportions?

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