Hey, fat-head! New app gives you skinnier-looking selfies

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Hey, fat-head! New app gives you skinnier-looking selfies

Post by Ben Reilly on Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:51 am



(Reuters) - A new app that lets users shed virtual weight so their faces look skinnier on "selfie" photos is raising concerns about health and body-image issues.

SkinneePix, for iPhone and Android devices, can trim from five to 15 pounds (2-6 kg) of virtual fat for a slimmer selfie look.

"Cameras add additional weight to photos and when you're taking a selfie you're also dealing with bad lighting, angles, close-ups and a lot of other factors that make people complain that the photo isn't an accurate representation of themselves," said Susan Green, co-founder of the Phoenix-based company Pretty Smart Women that created the app.

It was originally designed to help overweight adults show a leaner version of themselves, but Robin J Phillips, the other co-founder, said the app has also motivated people to lose weight.

"It's a good reminder to get off the couch, turn the TV off, and go for a walk," she said.

But some critics fear the $1.99 app, which only works on single head shots, could encourage an unhealthy body image.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/07/us-apps-skinnypix-idUSBREA361WR20140407

Um ... the original photo (on the left) is more attractive ...

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Post by Guest on Tue Apr 08, 2014 9:53 am

I absolutely agree!

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