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Seventeen Accused of Retouching Meghan Trainor

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All magazines use some degree of digital editing when perfecting their cover images, but not all magazines enlarge heads and shrink their models' hands to do so. These, anyway, are the accusations posed at Seventeen for the cover of its May issue.

Though the magazine promised its readers it would never alter the bodies or face shapes of its models as a response to a Change.org petition in 2012, fans are accusing Seventeen of severely retouching pop singer Meghan Trainor's face and body.

Here's that cover:

Nearly every other comment on the magazine's Instagram post is some degree of "This looks Photoshopped." Commenters complained not only about the size of her head looking far larger than her body, but also the fact that her hands appear very small in comparison.

Adding to the frenzy: the oft-quoted Meghan Trainor lyric: "I see the magazines workin' that Photoshop/We know that shit ain't real, come on now, make it stop." As for whether there's anything to these accusations, we've reached out to Seventeen and will update when we hear back.