Kelly Clarkson's Retouched Self Magazine Cover Criticized

'Did we alter her appearance? Only to make her look her personal best,' Editor in Chief Lucy Danziger says.

In the September issue of Self magazine, [artist id="1231768"]Kelly Clarkson[/artist] opens up about her appearance and the criticism she's received, but it's the photograph on the cover that has everyone buzzing.

After a few bloggers wrote that Clarkson's image appeared to be digitally altered for the cover, the magazine's editor in chief admitted to giving the first "American Idol" champ's appearance a touch-up. "Yes, of course we do retouching," Lucy Danziger responded to the criticism. "Did we alter her appearance? Only to make her look her personal best."

Despite the criticism over the retouched photo, Danziger says that Clarkson is "the picture of confidence. I think this photo is the truest we have ever put out there on the newsstand."

In the Self article, Clarkson discusses her weight issues, noting that if anyone has a problem with it, it's the people who talk about it constantly. "When people talk about my weight, I'm like, 'You seem to have a problem with it; I don't. I'm fine!' " she said. "My happy weight changes — sometimes I eat more, sometimes I play more."

She also shares that when she does hit the gym, it's not to please her critics, but instead to please herself. "I do it totally for my psyche," she explained. "I'm much better when those endorphins are going. It's a release. And I also love food, so there's a payoff!"

And she says that when she does lose weight, it's completely unintentional. "For me, it's the times when I'm not paying attention that I end up losing weight. But I'm never trying to lose weight — or gain it. I'm just being!"

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