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Body of truth... Khloe Kardashian’s image on
Instagram (right) is very different to the reality

Body of truth... Khloe Kardashian’s image on Instagram (right) is very different to the reality

Body of truth... Khloe Kardashian’s image on Instagram (right) is very different to the reality

It's the unedited, non-Photoshopped image that Khloé Kardashian didn't want you to see.

Representatives for the TV star and model spent this week on a frantic bid to have all traces of an image of her in a leopard-print bikini removed.

You'd be forgiven for thinking the image was somehow crude or embarrassing but no - it's simply a shot, taken by her grandmother MJ, of a pretty young woman smiling in the sunshine.

Yet in a world where the Kardashians are keeping up their glamorous, Photoshopped image, it's regarded as a major faux pas.

Of course it's long been known that the Kardashians, and many other celebrities, edit and Photoshop their photos to create a certain image of themselves. Doing so has become commonplace for even the regular Instagram user.

Khloé should take comfort from the widespread positive response to the shot - and bear in mind that many stars have had far bigger social media fails and Photoshopping disasters.

She doesn't need to look beyond her own family to recall some of them. While the Kardashians are often called out for heavily altering their images, Kim was not pleased in 2017 when her famous derrière was snapped on a beach holiday to Mexico.

While she admitted she wasn't in her best shape at the time, she said the photos were altered to make her look more unflattering.

Kim herself posted a photo where she appeared to have six toes in 2019, prompting widespread speculation online that - we kid you not - she secretly had 11 toes. She later shared a video showing the toe conspiracy theorists this was not the case.

Sister Kourtney, meanwhile, caused quite a stir when she posed in the bath to promote her new lifestyle website in 2019. The resulting image made her left leg look much longer than her right.

Others have drawn attention not for altering their image, but their surroundings. In 2017 Irish blogger and businesswoman Suzanne Jackson caused a stir when eagle-eyed observers noticed that a flock of seagulls in the background of two different pictures looked very alike. She later said she had been briefly trying an app to add background features.

There was embarrassment for top British brand Burberry in 2010 when they bagged Emma Watson for a new ad campaign - only to forget to include her right leg. Watson's leg seems to disappear into thin air in the shot, taken by top celebrity snapper Mario Testino.

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The case of Emma Watson’s right leg

The case of Emma Watson’s right leg

The case of Emma Watson’s right leg

Magazine publishers and editors have long been notorious for heavily editing and 'touching up' photos to make stars look extra glitzy and glam.

Lena Dunham is famous for a lot of things but we're pretty sure having one arm isn't one of them. Dunham's arm was photoshopped out of the cover shoot she did for Vogue in 2014.

She brushed it off, saying she regarded the photoshoot as a fantasy and adding: "Vogue isn't the place that we go to look at realistic women".

Zendaya, on the other hand, expressed displeasure when her image was altered for a photo for Modeliste magazine in 2015 - and called it out. "[I] was shocked when I found my 19-year-old hips and torso quite manipulated," she said on Instagram.

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Zendaya’s image was altered in Modeliste

Zendaya’s image was altered in Modeliste

Zendaya’s image was altered in Modeliste

"These are the things that make women self conscious, that create the unrealistic ideals of beauty that we have. Anyone who knows who I am knows I stand for honest and pure self love. So I took it upon myself to release the real pic and I love it."

The magazine later republished the original photo.

Other stars have called out excessive Photoshopping. In 2017, Lupita Nyong'o took issue with Grazia magazine when her curly hair was digitally removed.

"I am disappointed that @graziauk invited me to be on their cover and then edited out and smoothed my hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like," she wrote on Instagram, adding that she wasn't even consulted on the decision.

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Grazia shaved off Lupita’s natural hair

Grazia shaved off Lupita’s natural hair

Grazia shaved off Lupita’s natural hair

When Lady Gaga appeared on the cover of Glamour magazine's Woman of the Year Awards issue in 2013, her waist and face appeared to have been digitally altered. Sure enough, the pop queen called it at the ceremony itself. "It is fair to write about the change in your magazines. But what I want to see is the change on your covers," she said. "When the covers change, that's when culture changes."

Guys can fall foul of the Photoshopping mania too. Back in 2011, Adam Levine appeared in a shoot for Russian Vogue with what appeared to be half of his torso missing.

When Andy Roddick appeared on the cover of Men's Fitness way back in 2009, he was quick to have a pop at the bulging biceps on his arms.

"Little did I know I have 22-inch guns and a disappearing birthmark on my right arm," the tennis star wrote in a blog post.

Even Prince William experienced mag photoshopping gone mad in 2010, when Hello! used an image where his hair appeared to be filled out and darkened. Priyanka Chopra Jonas made a joke of her armpit being edited out of existence on the cover of Maxim in 2016, by sharing photos of her armpit on social media. Taking fan speculation in her stride, she took to Twitter, joking: "Here's another pit-stopping picture to add to the debate".

When Gwyneth Paltrow appeared in a shoot for Harper's Bazaar back in 2012, readers were quick to point out that the placement and direction of her legs looked totally at odds with each other.

In a bizarre photoshoot featuring several A-listers for Vanity Fair in 2018's Hollywood issue, Reese Witherspoon appears to have grown a third leg.

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Oprah Winfrey appears to have three hands in the Hollywood issue of Vogue magazine back in 2018

Oprah Winfrey appears to have three hands in the Hollywood issue of Vogue magazine back in 2018

Oprah Winfrey appears to have three hands in the Hollywood issue of Vogue magazine back in 2018

In the same shoot, Oprah Winfrey has a third hand - two are placed on her hips but her hand can also be seen around Witherspoon's waist.

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