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The 7 worst celebrity airbrush jobs

Think all celebrities had flawless skin, perfect bodies and lustrous hair? Turns out that a lot of the time it’s computer trickery, baby.

WHEN GRAZIA MAGAZINE appeared to whittle Kate Middleton’s waist via Photoshop in May, it was the latest in a long line of dodgy manipulated press images.

Whether it’s missing arms, strange legs, or too-smooth skin, Photoshop has been used to make celebrities look like rather different versions of themselves.

Readers complained to the Press Complaints Commission in the UK, and the magazine came forth with an apology – saying it was all a big mistake.

  • Country singer Faith Hill was pictured on the cover of Redbook magazine in 2007 looking fresh-faced and impossibly beautiful.

Turns out it was impossible – as the already gorgeous star had her skin lightened, her arm thinned out and all wrinkles removed from her face. See an animated illustration of the differences on Jezebel.

And there we were, thinking it was possible to use foundation to give us the skin of an angel. Sigh.

  • The quirky, elfin beauty of US actress Zooey Deschanel is not doubted – so why does she look like Rimmel had deconstructed her face and then put it back together again using computer trickery in this ad?

Answers on a postcard.

  • We don’t know if you knew, but Sarah Michelle Gellar had something terrible happen to her arm once. Oh, wait – it’s just something odd going  on in this Seventeen cover. Maybe strange arms are in this season?

  • And finally, Christina Aguilera is famous for her curves – so where did they disappear to on this W magazine shoot? We’re not sure, though there’s always the chance we’re being distracted by her enormous hair.

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