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How to Look Thinner in Photographs

Contrary to popular belief, pictures do lie. So make sure they're saying you're skinnier than you really are.


  • Step 1: Dress for success If you know in advance you’re going to be photographed, dress all in one color, wear a body shaper, and make sure your clothes fit well.
  • TIP: Dress for success Women who are wearing a dress or skirt should strap on some high heels -- the kind that dramatically arches your foot. This will make your legs look thinner and more toned.
  • Step 2: Check the camera height Make sure you are not being photographed from below; that angle alone can add up to 50 pounds!
  • Step 3: Put your best foot forward Ladies, if you’re standing, strike a red carpet pose by turning a bit sideways and putting one leg in front of the other, toe pointed at an angle and knee slightly bent. Shift your weight to the back leg.
  • Step 4: Cross your legs If you’re sitting, cross your legs and tuck the calf of the front leg partly behind the bottom leg.
  • Step 5: Keep your chin up To avoid the dreaded double chin, tilt your chin a bit upward.
  • TIP: Keep your chin up Press the back of your tongue up against the back of the roof of your mouth. This tenses the muscles in your jaw, minimizing a double chin.
  • Step 6: Position your arms Position your arms so that they are away from your body. Placing one on a hip is a good look.
  • TIP: Position your arms Bare arms? Hold something heavy in your hands; it will make your arms look toned.
  • Step 7: Suck in your stomach Stand up straight, pull your shoulders back, and suck your stomach in and up, like you’re trying to zip up a tight pair of jeans.
  • TIP: Suck in your stomach In a group shot, position yourself in the back; those closest to the lens look the biggest.
  • Step 8: Don’t say cheese Don’t say cheese; it will give you chipmunk cheeks. Just go for a natural smile.
  • FACT: In 2008, a Texas congressional candidate caught flak for mailing out a brochure showing a composite photo of his head on a slimmer body.

You Will Need

  • A monochromatic outfit
  • A body shaper
  • A heavy object to hold
  • A natural smile
  • High heels

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