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Adele’s Vogue Magazine Cover Causing Controversy

By Karen Anderson, WBZ-TV
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(Vogue Cover from Facebook | Right Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

(Vogue Cover from Facebook | Right Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) – Airbrushing? Photoshop? Fans are speaking out about the latest image of Adele on the cover of Vogue.

“It looks like she’s been enhanced,” Anjulie Mittleman of Medford said.

“I don’t think it’s a good thing,” said Marion Martin.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson reports

“I definitely think she has been a little bit Photoshopped. It doesn’t look like she looked at the Grammy’s… if you want to be a little curvy she should be able to do that and not be scrutinized,” said Anna Shanley of Medford.

People are writing in to Vogue Magazine as well.

“Thanks for this excellent interview, the best one I’ve read so far, that depicts her not only as a singer but as a person.  However, the Cover photo is the opposite contrary, that’s the worst picture of Adele I’ve seen. Frankly, I can’t seem relate to it and I just hope that it hasn’t been much photoshopped. Adele is a larger than life personality and this just doesn’t do her justice,” one reader wrote online.

Anne Becker, an expert in the media and body image at Harvard Medical School, says this controversy can be an opportunity for parents to talk with their children.

“It forces the conversation between parents and kids about what images are real what are realistic, what are attainable,” said Becker, who is a Professor of Health and Global Medicine.

She says kids are influenced by the images in the media, as well as by the friends their friends see.

“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.

Becker says that can lead to negative feelings and dissatisfaction with their bodies.

We have reached out to both Adele and Vogue for comments.  So far, they have not responded.

Though, Adele did address her image during an interview with Anderson Cooper Sunday on 60 Minutes.

“I’ve never seen magazine covers and music videos and been like, I need to look like that if I want to be a success. Never,” Adele said Sunday. “I don’t want to be some Skinny Minnie… I don’t want people confusing what it is I’m about.”

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