Beyonce: It's Hip to Be Curvy!

Beyonce's rep is taking on the chatter that the singer has gained weight, after these photos of the former Destiny's Child singer hit the web.

"This is not a weight-gain issue," the publicist told UsMagazine. "Beyonce is in the best shape of her life. The exaggerated hips are a design element of a truly couture dress. Beyonce has always loved this dress."

Even better, a rep for designer Mugler (who originally created the gown for Jerry Hall) tells the mag that the waist on Jerry's dress was 23 inches and had to be cut down to 19 for B.

"The padded hips intentionally focus attention to the waist," the dress rep said.

Um, okay. But why in the world would ANYONE want to wear something that intentionally makes the bottom half of their body look like that.

Who knows? Maybe it's just me -- I'm not that well-versed in couture. Shocking, I know.

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