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Sarah Jessica Parker loves fashion, but fashion magazines don't always return the favor. The 47-year-old actress, who has a history of being aggressively airbrushed for magazine covers, is now the victim of a cringe-worthy Photoshop hack job in Harper's Bazaar China. On the cover of the March 2013 issue, Parker's face has been strangely elongated and unnaturally smoothed, lending her a seriously alien appearance. We're pretty sure whoever retouched that photo needs to be sent back to their home planet.
The strange thing about bad celebrity photoshop jobs is that we all know what these people really look like! It's painfully obvious when their pictures have been altered, and yet, magazines just can't help themselves. At least Sarah Jessica Parker is in good company. Here are 5 other celebrity Photoshop fails that will live in infamy.
Mariska Hargitay in Good Housekeeping
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Mariska inherited her fabulous curves from her mother Jayne Mansfield, but on this 2010 magazine cover, the magazine shrunk down her waist, eliminated her butt, and -- worst of all -- made her head the same size as her whole torso. We wouldn't mind having a bobblehead doll of Detective Olivia Benson on our desks, but somehow, we don't think that's what Good Housekeeping was going for.
Faith Hill in Redbook
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In 2007, the website Jezebel got an exclusive look at the "before" version of this pretty standard-looking fashion magazine cover. The difference was startling. In the final image, Hill's arm had been thinned out, her hand cut off, her body re-shaped, her clavicle smoothed out, and all the lines from her face erased. The worst part? In the "before" image, she looked totally gorge (and much less like an escapee from a wax museum).
Tina Fey in InStyle
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“I feel about Photoshop the way some people feel about abortion," Fey wrote in Bossypants. "It is appalling and a tragic reflection on the moral decay of our society. … unless I need it, in which case, everybody be cool." Ironically, just before her 2011 memoir went to print, Fey was given her worst Photoshop treatment ever. Though InStyle didn't airbrush out her facial scar (as Vogue had done the year before), they made enough other changes to her face that she was basically unrecognizable. Plus, they cut off the entire left side of her body -- definitely a fashion don't.
Sarah Michelle Gellar in Seventeen
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What is going on with Gellar's right arm in this picture? Not only is it in a pose that we're pretty sure is humanly impossible, but it's a third the size of her other arm. Also, it appears that her hand has melted off. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress was reportedly furious with this cover, and the magazine tried to make amends by sending her a fancy leather purse -- which she sent back, because she's an animal-rights activist and doesn't wear leather. Awkward.
Julia Roberts in Redbook
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Combining more than one celebrity photo to get that "perfect shot" is a common practice, but this 2002 magazine cover was uncommonly sloppy. It's obvious that Roberts' giant head and teeny body were cut-and-pasted from completely different pictures: one from an awards ceremony, the other from a movie premiere. And of course, the cover line --"The Real Julia" -- is priceless.