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How to Photoshop Yourself Thin

by Richard Burke

In the 1950s, Marilyn Monroe was considered to be the standard for American beauty. Today, she probably wouldn't even book a model or actress gig; she would be considered fat. However, with the modern marvels of Photoshop, everyone can change their appearance and get flawless skin, whiter teeth--and get this--even taller and thinner.

Designer Ralph Lauren apologized for retouching an ad using an already-skinny model, Filippa Hamilton, making her look entirely emaciated, according to a recent "Huffington Post" report (see link in Resources below). The model told the "New York Daily News" that the fashion house fired her in April for being too fat.

The "fat" Hamilton is 5-foot-10, 120 lbs., wears a Size 4 and had worked for Ralph Lauren since 2002.

The World Health Organization reports that 33 percent of American women are obese--and by any standard--Filippa Hamilton is skinny.

With all the hoopla of looking thin and the technology to make it possible--here's how graphic design artists do it. Follow these steps to manipulate your own photos--but don't get too carried away. You don't want to end up looking emaciated.

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