WTF of the day: "The essence of you at your best"

Self editor Lucy Danziger goes on "The Today Show" to defend the magazine's airbrushed Kelly Clarkson cover

By Jessica Roy

Published August 14, 2009 8:15PM (EDT)

Self magazine editor Lucy Danziger has been the target of much feminist scorn recently for the magazine's decision to dramatically retouch a photo of Kelly Clarkson for their September issue, slimming down the curvy singer. This morning, Danziger went on "The Today Show" alongside plus-size model and "More to Love" host Emme to discuss the scandal. She was unapologetic about the Photoshop debacle, claiming that "a cover is a poster, and the thing about a poster is that you want it to capture the essence of you at your best. So we're saying to women: 'Look, everyone can love who they are from the inside and out and want to achieve their goals.'" I winced when Danziger proclaimed that "no one can make you feel bad, only you can feel bad inside yourself." That kind of self-help jargon may sound good in theory. But when Self magazine's goal is to help you feel better about your self -- should they really be sending the message that "looking your best" can only be achieved using computer intervention?

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