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LOSING FAITH: The cover of a magazine remains one of the few venues where celebrities are spared the warts and all coverage of the tabloid age. But upon launching in May, the Gawker media blog Jezebel promised $10,000 to anyone who could undermine that safety zone with the best example of a pre-retouched magazine cover photo. On Monday, the winning before-and-after photos were released from the July cover of Redbook. More than just smoothing Faith Hill's crow's-feet, the photo also radically transforms the 39-year-old's arm, shrinking its circumference and removing its elbow bend. The hand in her lap and drooping skin on her back also disappear.
E ditor in chief Stacy Morrison said, "The retouching we did on Faith Hill's photo for the July cover of Redbook is completely in line with industry standards. We are investigating how the unretouched images got released." (How far will that $10,000 stretch if the culprit is found?)