Kelly Clarkson airbrushed so she’ll ‘look her best’

August 12th, 2009 // 38 Comments

Self magazine is under fire for its blatant airbrushing of Kelly Clarkson on the cover of the September issue. But editor-in-chief Lucy Danziger defended the magazine against critics and stands by the cover. People reports:

“Yes. Of course we do retouching,” Danziger writes in a post on “Did we alter her appearance? Only to make her look her personal best.”
Calling Clarkson “the picture of confidence,” Danzinger writes, “I think this photo is the truest we have ever put out there on the newsstand.”

WHAT?! Are you kidding me? You could’ve Photoshopped Megatron fighting a unicorn in place of her stomach, and it would’ve looked more “true” than morphing Kelly Clarkson into a size one. Seriously, George Lucas wouldn’t even pull that shit, and he’s so gay for CGI, he’d marry it if it were legal in California.

Photo: Self

  1. fearsarewishes

    She looks more like Valerie Bertinelli than Kelly Clarkson.

    Not Randal

  2. “Kelly Clarkson airbrushed so she’ll ‘look her best’”…and like 50 lbs. lighter.

    I had SELF mixed up with SHAPE for a moment.

  3. stupidass

    self magazine: pissing on the name of journalism one issue at a time.

    I like how she says “Only to make her look her personal best.”, and right there on the cover at the top the mag says “You at your best.” Welp. Sure. You mean like those photo booths at the Wisconsin Dells where I put on a karate uniform and then have my picture superimposed on the cover of Kung Fu magazine, where I’m quoted as being one of the most dangerous people on earth?

    I mean, that’s basically what’s going on here, right?

  4. Bruno

    The girl says “Yeah, I don’t care about my weight, I just live happily with my pounds” and then the execs look at the cover and say “Oh shit!!!! She’s faaaaaaaaaaaat! Make her lighter, pronto!”

    Congratulations for the blatant contradiction, SELF!

  5. Jeffer

    Dishonesty has become the norm for this country ever since Clinton lied about getting a blowjob. If the president won’t tell the truth why should the general public?

  6. The local buffet must shudder when she comes through…

  7. Zanna

    If this is the “truest” cover they’ve ever put out there, imagine how bad everyone else they put on previously looked.

  8. Zanna

    Hey, Rich….I’m “under” you.

  9. Willie Dixon

    @5 LOL…I thought it was Nixon.

  10. I agree with the other person, she looks a lot like Valerie B.

  11. Deacon Jones

    [Editor at Self Magazine]

    “Wardrobe put her in white pants, are YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME??!! Get Don on the phone the STAT. We have some major rehauling to do…….I don’t give a SHIT if he’s on vacation, call him!”

  12. bob

    This just makes all of the chubbies out there even more delusional and “happy” with their extra lard.

  13. Taz

    mix in a salad

  14. Max Planck

    Would have looked more real if they did it with Crayolas.

  15. Randal

    I think Kelly should be herself and let her obese beacon of love light all our lives forever and ever. I want Kelly to shine her love on Heidi Montag. When Heidi’s distracted I sneak over and let Spencer ravage me with his spear of perfection. I can dream can’t I.


  16. Obama is Socialism.

    They should call her Kelly the Hutt.

  17. Obama is Socialism.

    They should call her Kelly the Hutt.

  18. Dan

    “I think this photo is the truest we have ever put out there on the newsstand.”

    Well, that definitely says something about the magazine in general if this – a heavily-altered, super-deceiving image of Kelly Clarkson – is the truest ever put on the newsstand.

  19. Viv

    Dishonesty has been around way before Clinton and Nixon, it becomes a norm when people tolerate it. Please correct me if I’m worng, but didn’t both Nixon and Clinton come clean about their lies and suffered the consequences?

    Self magazine should take a hit on their sales rate, they are not even admitting they screwed up, it’s up to the people I guess.

  20. Sara

    - I see Kelly on the cover of Seventon Magazine

  21. kk

    Singers have had underwear, flowers, stuffed animals, bra’s etc. thrown at them on stage. With Kelly quickly becoming the champion of lard asses I expect people with throw chicken legs & Big Macs on stage when she sings.

  22. yousuck


  23. Whatadik

    Fatty fat fat fatty!!!

  24. Pat C.

    “Stay True to You and Everyone Else Will Love You, Too”

    I guess SELF doesn’t believe that “Staying True” concept.

  25. #8 – I thought I felt something…

  26. Self is the Fox News of magazines

    Hey Willie and Viv – don’t disillusion poor Jeffer@5! Don’t you know everything bad that’s ever happened is Bill Clinton’s fault? He and that Nigerian terrorist Obama want to put old people in death camps! Also, I’m sure he’s somehow responsible for me being a lazy, uneducated, willfully ignorant, whining victim with no life!

  27. LAWDY,LAWDY...

    So Self wanted her to look her best??? Airbrush her zits, but what they’re REALLY saying is WE DON’T WANT FAT GIRLS ON OUR COVER…#2 was right.. it seems more like SHAPE magazine. And for their dishonesty, I have CANCELLED my subscription.

  28. What?

    That’s not Kelly Clarkson.


  29. What?

    That’s not Kelly Clarkson.


  30. Darth

    Damn,these covers make you feel fat!

  31. BaccusVD

    #16 HAHAHAHAHAAH omg Kelly the Hut indeed.

    They need to stop calling her curvy. Beyounce is Curvy, J-Lo is curvey… Kelly is DUMPY. She has a dumpy face and dumpy body…. she looked do-able after Idol but even then they had to have creative ways of hiding her m-ass-ive booty. I like Kelly don’t get me wrong… shes cool and jolly HAHAHAH but lets remind “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear.” Not with all the photoshop in the world.

  32. Rhialto

    Kelly clarkson would make you feel slim.So they airbrushed her.

  33. Miserable Bastard

    Self magazine just reported that their second quarter profit is expected to double due to the savings on ink.

  34. LilDi

    Her personal best? They should give her instructions on how to push ones self away from the table once in a while.

  35. Tracey

    You guys are all thin and famous, so give her a break. Bunch of assheads.

  36. Don’t get me wrong. I still want to fuck her. She can even sing, so you don’t have to lie to her about that.

  37. Stephanie

    Fish isn’t even this hard on Shauna Sand. I hope everyone realizes that ALL people in media are airbrushed if it’s feasible.EVERYONE. I’ve asked before…FISH…where do you get your news… so i can go THERE and read.

  38. It is so liberating that she can just enjoy herself and not worry about what she looks like. So many celebrities are so consumed with their image that the lose the ability to just have fun and enjoy themselves.

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