Looks like I’ve bought into a scam. I have got to start looking at the Snopes site before I post these things. I’m glad sharp-eyed readers out there straightened me out. Here is the link for the real photos that were Photoshopped in the earlier post.

Having said that, though, I don’t think this version of these models looks all that much better than the photoshopped ones. They are still emaciated and unhealthy looking. And, I suspect, unhealthy to boot.

You won’t have to worry about looking like one of these women if you follow a decent low-carb diet, of that I can assure you. If you do want to look like this, maybe you should try Kimkins.

Addendum: I just previewed this post before publishing it, and when I did and saw the photo, I thought somehow I had pulled up the earlier post. They just ain’t all that different. I wonder how many readers out there thought the same thing?


  1. Actually most fashion photos are photoshopped, too. I don\’t know about this particular one, but for all we know, in real life, this girl doesn\’t look like she\’s about collapse from a heart attack. She might have some meat on her bones, but fashion dictated that she needed to look like Luisel Ramos, and voila, the photoshop weight loss problem to the rescue!

  2. I cannot understand why anyone would want to look like this person, look at this person… or bed them. I like slim, healthy women – but this is positively ugly.

  3. I have to agree… the unaltered photos are still not attractive.
    In your defense, the photoshop versions were extremely well done and quite convincing.

  4. I did know that the previous picture was a photoshop, but as you say, there’s not a lot of difference. In fact, it’s even more shocking in person. I have been exposed to the usual rounds of media, and therefore when I see a person like the woman pictured above, I don’t think much of it. However when I saw a “model” at a comic book convention last year, I realized that she looked strange. It took me a full minute of staring at her to realize why she looked so odd.
    Her thighs were tiny. They were, literally, not normal-sized. And while you might not notice it as much in a still photograph, something in your (or my) hindbrain realizes that this body-shape is neither natural nor healthy. It was a real eye-opener for me.

  5. What a low.carb diet might do…
    “They are metabolically similar to Lance Armstrong biking up the Pyrenees; they utilise mainly fatty acids for energy and produce very little lactic acid,”
    fascinating stuff
    Interesting. Now all we have to do is figure out how to ramp up our production of phosphoenolypyruvate carboxykinases, and we’ve got it made.
    Thanks for the link.

  6. And thanks to the press and media – our preteen and teenage girls actually aspire to look like that!
    Makes me want to hurl just looking at that photo (the real one) – no wonder that woman looks so miserable. She probably considers 3 grapes and a half bottle of champagne a square meal!

  7. Sir i posted 2 comments on this piccy ref Devandras Singh work on the waist to hip ratio and neither seems to have attached. Just so you know..
    Hey Simon–
    Nothing showed up. Please resend. I’m curious to see if they are materials that I already have.

  8. 0.7 for women, waist to hip, as a cross cultural indicator of attractiveness to do with optimal amount of body fat/hormonal functioning and thus ‘healthy for sexy’ = baby/gene entering next generation
    0.9 as i recall for men.
    Singh, D. (2002) Female Mate Value at a Glance: Relationship of Waist-to-Hip Ratio to Health, Fecundity, and Attractiveness. Neuroendocrinology Letters. Special Issue, 23, 81-91.
    Singh D. and Bronstad, P.M. (2001) Female Body Odour is a Potential Cue to Ovulation. Proceedings of Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences. 268-301.
    Singh, D., Vidaurri, M. Zambarano, R.I., and Dabbs, J.M. (1999) Lesbian Erotic Role Identification: Behavioral, Morphological, and Hormonal Correlates. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 76, 1035-1049.
    Singh, D. (1995). Female judgment of male attractiveness and desirability for relationships: Role of waist-to-hip ratio and financial status. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 69, 1089-1101.
    Singh, D. (1994). Ideal female body shape: Role of body weight and waist-to-hip ratio. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 16, 283-288.
    Singh, D. (1993). Adaptive significance of female physical attractiveness: Role of waist-to-hip ratio. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 65, 293-307.
    Updated 20 December 2005
    College of Liberal Arts at the
    University of Texas Austin
    Thanks, Simon–
    I actually have Singh’s 2002 paper coming to me via inter library loan. And they’re taking their sweet time about it.

  9. The thing is, you can’t really trust this picture either, as all fashion pictures are photoshopped. Someone this skinny WOULD have ribs showing, in this position. But she doesn’t, and I’ll bet you anything, they have been photoshopped out, along with other changes. So she might not look quite like the skeleton in the anorexic photo, but she probably looks something that’s halfway between.
    The morale of this story is don’t trust any picture published in a magazine. They are ALL photoshopped to one degree or another. Sometimes it’s very subtle (a few blemishes and wrinkles blotted out) and sometimes the person is almost unrecognizable.
    Interestingly enough I found this when I tried to find you a couple of link on the too common practice of photoshopping.
    Hey Angelyne–
    Thanks for the link. Following it through to the photoshopping of Faith Hill was a real eye-opener. I don’t trust much of what I see in magazine photos – now I won’t trust anything.

  10. I see a big difference in the two photos. In the first phot the girl needs more fat and muscle. In the second photo she just needs more muscle.

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