Why Have Jennifer Love Hewitt’s Breasts Been Digitally Reduced?
In some ads for her new show ‘The Client List,’ Jennifer Love Hewitt’s breasts have undergone a dramatic digital reduction. But why?
Well, this is bizarre: Jennifer Love Hewitt seems to have undergone some pretty dramatic Photoshop in some ads for her new show The Client List… though probably not in the way you would expect. Jennifer’s curves have become pretty legendary over the years; furthermore, she’s become a role model when it comes to body image, slamming photographers, reporters, and bloggers who called her fat over a handful of bikini pictures. So why the heck have her breasts gotten a digital reduction in these ads?
Here, take a look for yourself. Above is the original ad for The Client List, featuring Jennifer in all her curvy glory; and below is the edited ad, in which her boobs have been drastically reduced (pardon the poor quality; the ads got pulled when the uproar about them started):
It’s no secret that rampant Photoshopping in advertising is becoming a real problem (see: Demi Moore’s Helena Rubenstein ads); but the wacky thing here is that instead of using it to enhance curves, instead it’s been used to get rid of them. This is weird, right? It’s weird! And also unnecessarily prudish!
According to the NY Daily News, the original ad is the one that has been widely circulated, so at least there’s that; it’s appeared in such places as The Hollywood Reporter and on billboards all over Los Angeles. The Photoshopped version appears to have only reared its head in Entertainment Weekly. Furthermore, Jennifer herself had no idea that the ads had been altered until they had already run. Last Friday, she told radio show The Kevin & Bean Show, “Somebody sent me a copy of the photograph, and I was like, ‘Ummm… what happened?’ I’m not sure what’s going on. But apparently somebody wanted me to have a boob reduction.” The actress continued, “The thing that’s even crazier is that usually when they do that stuff, I had to see the photograph before they went out anywhere, and I never saw a new version of it.”
Here’s the thing: The ads aren’t really that scandalous. They’re sexy, sure; but given that The Client List is a show about a woman in dire financial straits who takes a job at what turns out to be a happy endings massage parlor in order to support her family, this probably shouldn’t be that much of a surprise. But look at it: She’s not showing any nipple. She’s not spreading her legs provocatively. She’s not even that scantily dressed—she’s wearing a full slip, not a bra and panties or some weird and inexplicable piece of lingerie. We saw more dramatic things on this year’s Oscars telecast (hello, Jennifer Lopez’s nipple!), so I’m having a little trouble seeing why this gorgeous, curvy woman would need to be edited down to a smaller size.
Why did Entertainment Weekly run the edited ad? No idea. Nor do we know who’s actually responsible for doing the editing in the first place. Jennifer did make a point of saying, however, that she’s glad they still ran the ad, and that “they’ve been very kind to us.”
In the meantime, here are some things Jennifer has said in the past regarding body image that are worth remembering:
“People should be proud of who they are and what they look like, and not let all this silliness and judgment sort of get in the way.”
“I’ve sat by in silence for a long time now about the way women’s bodies are constantly scrutinized. To set the record straight, I’m not upset for me, but for all of the girls out there that are struggling with their body image.”
“What I should be doing is celebrating some of the best days of my life and my engagement to the man of my dreams, instead of having to deal with photographers taking invasive pictures from bad angles. I know what I look like, and so do my friends and family. And like all women out there should, I love my body.”
And finally, “To all girls with butts, boobs, hips and a waist, put on a bikini—put it on and stay strong.”
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.