Honey, They Shrunk Her Boobs: Why Were Jennifer Love Hewitt’s Breasts Digitally Downsized in 'Client List' Ad?

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Honey, They Shrunk Her Boobs: Why Were Jennifer Love Hewitt’s Breasts Digitally Downsized in 'Client List' Ad?
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The woman who once said "My breasts have a career of their own" found her famous assets downsized in a popular magazine this week when it opted to use a photo of the star that digitally reduced the size of her breasts. The Daily Mail reports an almost identical photo of Jennifer Love Hewitt was featured in both The Hollywood Reporter and Entertainment Weekly -- except the latter ran a "Photoshopped" version it apparently deemed less offensive.

The photos were part of an ad campaign to promote the curvy actress's new Lifetime TV show "The Client List" in which she plays a small town single mother who leads a secret double life as a sexy massage therapist. The cable network inexplicably offered both options to magazines but has yet to comment on its motives for supplying a PG-rated version of the star's double Ds.

Given that another large-breasted celebrity icon, Dolly Parton, has long been Middle America's darling, it is hard to fathom why a photo of the equally ample Hewitt would be considered lewd or risqué by the grocery store magazine staple that ran the airbrushed version of the voluptuous actress.

The "Ghost Whisperer" star has not had breast augmentation surgery according to both her and a website that outs celebs who deny plastic surgery rumors. Since she was fully clad in the ad, albeit with a plunging neckline, how could the magazine be criticized for depicting Hewitt's natural figure instead of resorting to digital dishonesty?

Ironically, most of the time photos of celebrities breasts' are manipulated to make them larger. Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Keira Knightley and Lindsay Lohan have all gone under the digital "knife" at some point in their careers.

In the promotional poster for Kate Hudson's movie "Fool's Gold," the actress was given a "boost in the bust area" according to the Daily Mail . Life imitated art later when Goldie Hawn's daughter allegedly had her breasts enlarged by the same doctor who performed similar surgery on Nicole Richie.

Meanwhile, Knightley's breasts were airbrushed for her "King Arthur" movie poster for which her A cups were morphed into Cs. The courageous actress later refused to allow her image to be altered for her promotional campaign for "The Duchess," an act that drew praise from an expert on female body image. "Keira Knightley is essentially giving young women permission to stand up in their communities and their schools and their families and say, 'Look, this is the way I look and it is OK," said Courtney Martin, author of "Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters."

Though it may have worked for Knightley, we suspect celebrities' photos will continue to be "perfected" in the Goldilocks world of the media where women's body parts always seem to be too big or too small -- but never "just right."

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