Vogue may be keeping quiet about Adele's picture featured on the cover of their March 2012 power issue, but her fans aren't.
"Adele is a real woman, but you turned her into Barbie," said on fan online.
Leaning towards the camera with wind swept voluminous hair and strong, liquid-lined eyes, the British singer's face and waist looks significantly slimmer on the cover of Vogue than the night she recently appeared on the Grammy Awards.
"Seriously, who do they think they’re fooling?" one reader asked online. Does Vogue think readers will "ignore the obvious Photoshop nip tuck they gave her torso. We know what Adele’s arms look like: ours."
Fueling the fury from fans, the "Photoshop nip tuck" cover comes right on the heels of scathing comments from Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld, who said that Adele had a "beautiful face and a divine voice."
He had only one complaint, she's a "little too fat." (He later apologized).
'I've never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines," Adele said in response to Lagerfeld, the Daily Mail reported. "I represent the majority of women and I'm very proud of that."
Which is why fans say they are so upset.
"This magazine proves Karl is right," a reader quipped, " the only way she got on the cover is through photoshopping her to look like a size 8. And that's a crime because she should be on the cover just as she is! She's amazing!"
Heavily photoshopped Grammy winning singer Adele graces the cover of March's Vogue magazine
But Adele isn't alone, Self magazine digitally slimmed singer Kelly Clarkson for their September 2009 cover, ironically called, “The Body Confidence Issue”.
"Yes, of course we do postproduction corrections on our images," Editor-in-chief Lucy Danziger responded to angry fans in a post titled "Pictures that please us" on her blog. "Kelly Clarkson exudes confidence and is a great role model for women of all sizes and stages of their life."
She later added: "Did we alter her appearance? Only to make her look her personal best...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."
Expert: Sends wrong message to women
Anne Becker, an expert in the media and body image at Harvard Medical School, told CBS News that photoshopping isn't victimless crime.
“What is concerning about images that are altered is that it sets unrealistic expectations for girls and young women. If they are not yet sophisticated media consumers, there may be some dissonance between what they feel they can live up to, and what they can actually attain or what’s actually healthy to attain,” said Becker, who is a Professor of Health and Global Medicine.
Although there's been no word from Adele, when she spoke to British Vogue last year she was quite clear about how she felt about society's unwritten body image standards.
"I've seen people where it rules their lives, who want to be thinner or have bigger boobs, and how it wears them down," the Huffington Post reported. "And I don't want that in my life. I have insecurities, of course, but I don't hang out with anyone who points them out to me."
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