Halloween Horror on Cover of Women’s Health


Come on Women’s Health, we expect more from a health and fitness mag than this! Rachel Bilson as the October cover girl looks downright disfigured in this photo-shopped Halloween Horror. Worse, the accompanying cover text asks how she got her amazing curves. What curves? Her waist has been whittled with the swipe of a computer retouching tool into nothingness, and since so much side and stomach flesh has been swiped away, it’s also oddly hacked at her left boob making it look, for lack of a better term, distorted.

Inside, Rachel’s “amazing curves on the cover of this magazine” have been attributed to good genes and an active lifestyle– rather than a raunchy retouch job. Rachel likes to dance and play sports like tennis but doesn’t go to the gym or exercise. Not so much in the way of workout inspiration either, WH.

On the opposite page of the story, Bilson touts her style tips and there are three lovely images of her in casual, sporty and trendy looks—all three photos show her more realistic sleight, boyish figure rather than the 18-inch waist the cover shot gave her to claim she is curvy.

Sadly, this trick is no treat Women’s Health. Only rotten apples in your Halloween bucket this month!

Halloween Horror!


About stilettonation

Jennifer Nelson is a writer working on Stiletto Nation: Inside the Perfumed Pages of the Women's Magazine Industry to be published Fall of 2012 by Seal Press. Stop in and read about the great, the awful and the insane in the fragrant pages of the women's glossies.

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  1. Could we, please, all get together and admit that high heels, yes ALL high heels, are torture tools designed to cause pain to the women who wear them, for the benefit of men who oogle the women who wear them? Seriously… even today’s so-called heels with the block soul … why is that supposed to be okay? It’s still a high heel. I’m so against footwear that does nothing for us and everything to us… I wish more women would be honest and admit they know how bad high heels are for their spine, their feet and their posture.

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