The Self cover featuring an alternate reality version of Kelly Clarkson where she’s thin and attractive is garnering a lot of criticism. Lucy Danziger, editor-in-chief of the magazine, decided to respond.
Did we alter her appearance? Only to make her look her personal best. Did we publish an act of fiction? No. Not unless you think all photos are that. But in the sense that Kelly is the picture of confidence, and she truly is, then I think this photo is the truest we have ever put out there on the newsstand.
So… Kelly’s personal best is to be 30 pounds lighter with a completely different bone structure? That’s good to know that right now she’s a failure. I wonder how she feels about that. Pretty good, I bet.
I mean, it’s not even the same person on the cover which is what makes the comment “truest we have ever put out there” so laughable. Are they honestly trying to convince themselves of that? You could put Porky Pig in place of Kelly Clarkson and it’d still be the “truest” they’ve ever put on the cover. Who are we fooling here? Let’s be honest. We all know what they Photoshopped out. The drumstick in her hand and a layer of chicken grease over her mouth. But there’s nothing wrong with that. Leave it in. Everyone already accepts her for being a fatass.