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Mariah Carey’s Jenny Craig Commercial: Weight-Loss Inspiration Gone Wrong

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Yesterday, we commended Amy Adams for being comfortable with her post-baby muffin top; meanwhile, Mariah Carey is showing off her “new body” in Jenny Craig commercials. As their newest spokesperson, she’s been busy talking about how she dropped her baby weight with regular exercise and a diet of 1,500 calories a day. We’ve been feeling slightly sketched out by her body-negative pregnancy accounts (then again, who are we to criticize her for admitting that pregnancy isn’t always fun), but we definitely feel weird about her body in this commercials. If it’s really even her body?

I’m not going to beat around the bush, here: I don’t think that’s her real body. Or, there’s a whole lot of photoshop goin’ on. For starters, there’s not a single shot where her face and body appear in the same frame. And some of the body parts, well… they just don’t even look realistic. Which wouldn’t be the first or most appalling time that producers have morphed a woman’s body for the media, by any means, but it seems particularly egregious coming from a weight loss company promoting a healthy way to get similar results.

What do you think—is Mariah’s weight loss inspiring, or is her “new body” setting unrealistic body standards?