Emma Willis reveals magazine request after giving birth

She refused to let a magazine retouch her stomach after giving birth

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Emma Willis has revealed she doesn’t believe in retouching or altering photos, and even asked a magazine NOT to airbrush her on the cover.

The Big Brother presenter, 42, appeared as a guest on Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place podcast, where she spoke about body image and the world of social media perfection.

Emma said that, like everyone, she sometimes has off days and does not like what she sees in the mirror.

But she said she is still not a big fan of altering photographs.

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‘The mum of three said: “When I go on social media now, if I’m on Instagram, I look at a picture and rather than going, ‘Oh, that looks amazing’, I go, ‘Right’. I zoom in. I’m like, ‘How many filters are on that? Any stretching going on?’

“Again, I’m picking apart a picture not believing that it’s genuine or real, because so much can be done now.”

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Emma said she doesn’t believe in retouching photos (Credit: Instagram @emmawillisofficial)

Emma continued: “I’m a real supporter of let’s not retouch.

“I know everything gets retouched, and I don’t want to look tired in a picture either if it’s going on the front of a magazine, but I remember just after I had Ace, I was doing the cover of a magazine for a photo shoot.

“It was six weeks after I’d given birth, and I had a top hat on and just braces and trousers, but everything was covered, but my tummy was out.

Emma said she always tries to pick apart social media photos (Credit: Instagram @emmawillisofficial)

“They were like, ‘Thank you so much for doing it. It’s a really good kind of message’. I went, ‘It is, but you can’t retouch my tummy’.

“They were like, ‘Oh, okay. Are you sure? Are you happy with that?’ I’m like, ‘’Yes. Why would I want you to retouch me looking like I haven’t had a baby six weeks after I’ve had a baby?’

“They were like, ‘That’s just a breath of fresh air, brilliant. Thank you.'”

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Emma with husband Matt (Credit: Instagram @emmawillisofficial)

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“Keep those little lines around your eyes,” added the star. “It’s what we look like in real life.”

Emma and her Busted star husband Matt are parents to Isabelle, eight, Ace, six, and two-year-old Trixie.

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