This camera removes 10 pounds

New Hewlett-Packard digital technology, which should perhaps have stopped at removing red-eye, now offers "slimming" effects.

Published September 20, 2006 6:14PM (EDT)

Quick, somebody tell CBS: No longer do we have to rely on the miracle of Photoshop to remove the proverbial 10 pounds added by the camera. Hewlett-Packard, perhaps in search of more sketchy press, now offers digital cameras with a "slimming" feature! Visit the HP Web site to watch the effect stre-e-e-etch an already slender model -- she and the other one featured are, notably, both shes -- into a curious long-torsoed "Stilts? What stilts?" sort of look. Thanks, HP, for making every MySpace and Internet dating photo more suspect than ever before. And while we're on the subject, can the new "bosom-blossom" feature be far behind?

Via Feministing and BitchPh.D.

Update: As some of you may have noticed, we got carried away and accidentally posted on this tidbit twice. (Call it Broadsheets rarely used doubling effect.) We figured we'd keep this one up for anyone who -- like, er, this writer -- missed it the first time.

By Lynn Harris

Award-winning journalist Lynn Harris is author of the comic novel "Death by Chick Lit" and co-creator of She also writes for the New York Times, Glamour, and many others.

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