Tuesday, 26 June 2012


Do you catch yourself saying this to the photographer after taking your picture, 

"How? My photo come out nice or not? Aiyo, Not nice-lah! or I look fat-leh! Don't post in FB. Delete! Delete!"(
Malaysian English)

Have you ever wondered why celebrities always look so slim in red carpet photos? In person, they may not be what they appear to be as in the pictures. So why is it that they appear so svelte all the time? Is there a secret that they know? How do they look 10 pounds thinner in photos? Well, let me share this secret with you.

What is the secret?

It is no secret that the celebrities starve themselves a week before events and get sprayed by professional tanning people. And they wear Spanx to suck their gut in....No Spanx is not the secret. Unless its a male celebrity who wears Spanx...then it could be a secret.

Anyway, the secret is how they pose. Here are five secrets to appearing 10 pounds thinner in photos. The key is to follow and practice the given tips in front of a mirror. Make sure that you lock your door first. Otherwise, you might be caught off guard and thought to be vain.

First Secret: Don't face the camera directly. Plant one foot in front of the other and turn partially sideways to the camera. Point the toes of your front foot to the camera and place your full weight on your back foot. Megan Fox face and body was not turned sideways but notice how she brought her right leg forward and pointed her toes, elongating her body.

Megan Fox

Second Secret: To minimize any appearance of a double chin, pull head forward slightly.
Look at A-List actress, Angelina Jolie's pose.

Angelina Jolie

Third Secret: Hold your arms slightly away from your body. This will keep upper arm flab from flattening out and it will appear flabbier. Imagine how your thighs look when you sit on a couch...huge right? Look at Charlise Theron's pose below. She is keeping her arms away from her body by holding a purse. If you are not carrying anything, another trick is to place one or both hands on your hip/s.

Charlise Theron

Fourth Secret: Pull your shoulders back, lift chest forward and slowly suck in your stomach. Remember to breathe. Just be careful not to suck your stomach so far in that your ribs show. It would be too obvious to others when they look at the photos that you were "sucking it in". Look at Christina Aguilera's pose. She has applied the secrets perfectly!
Christina Aguilera

Fifth Secret: This is a bit tricky as you have to look natural doing it.  The look away trick that models adopt during photo sessions. First, look away from the camera, then turn towards it, breaking into a smile, just a split second before the camera clicks. Your smile will appear fresh and natural, not frozen and stiff. This will take a lot of practice but  worth the effort if you want to get picture perfect shots every time. 

It is also important that when taking a photo, the photographer does not snap your picture from below. Automatically, 20-50 pounds will be added to the 10 pounds. That would be so annoying.

Extra tips on looking 10 pounds slimmer in photos:
  • A purse, jacket or shawl comes in handy. Place them in front of parts of your body that you wish to hide. A purse can cover the front of your belly while a jacket slung over the shoulder hides flabby arms and hips. The same with shawls.
  • Invest in Spanx Hosiery. A modern version of the corset, Spanx are well known for making women around the world appear 10 pounds thinner.  Don't buy Panty hose as they tear easily and is pricey too.
  • Fake tans do make you look and feel skinnier. However, they tend to have a strong smell.
  • Black clothing always makes you look thinner but you don't want to wear black to functions all the time, unless you are attending 4 funerals and a wedding. Try wearing an entire outfit of just one color will do the trick as well, whether it is blue, red, beige, brown or white. One solid color will elongate your body and make you appear slimmer. Just avoid wearing entire outfits in pink or candy orange. These colors are reserved for four years old or younger.
On the other hand, color blocking is trending this season, so if you want to be fashionable, find out more in, "What is Color Blocking".

Now that you know the secrets, go lock yourself in the room and practice posing in front of a full mirror. You'll be camera ready, celebrity style in no time!

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Thanks for looking and taking the time to read my blog. I welcome feedback and please feel free to share your experiences in relation to today's topic.

Until my next post, "Here's to your health!"

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1 comment:

  1. Dear Anonymous,

    I could not agree more! Thanks for your comment.


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