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Rihanna, the latest airbrush victim

entertainment Updated: Jun 10, 2010 17:15 IST

RihannaR&B star Rihanna, who is famous for her fuller figure, has become the latest victim of airbrushing which is making her look tiny on a fashion magazine cover.

Elle's July edition shows the Umbrella hitmaker with a tiny waist and thin legs which shows the picture has certainly been digitally enhanced, Daily Mail online reported.

The 22-year-old singer appears even smaller than usual in a shoot for the glossy feature in which she discusses her new look and her new man.

The newspaper compared the cover with a picture of hers on stage in Madrid this weekend where she looks wider around the waist and hips on stage.

Airbrushing of celebrities has become increasingly controversial over the years with critics saying it creates an unrealistic image of women.

In April this year pop princess Britney Spears released two sets of photos from a shoot for fashion firm Candies' to show the dramatic difference.

The 29-year-old released the pictures to show the enhancement that takes place.

Imperfections that can be clearly seen in the un-airbrushed shot include blemishes on her calf, her larger thighs and, if you look really closely, you can see her feet have dry skin.

The airbrushed pictures, however, tell a different story with a slimmed-down waist and flawless, skinny legs.