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Look Skinny In Selfies Instantly: SkinneePix App Slims Pictures, Creator Argues It Encourages Exercise

  • Peter Black , Design & Trend Staff Writer
  • Apr, 03, 2014, 11:55 AM
Tags : app, iphone
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(Photo : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-tkeARCL8E - POPSUGAR Fashion ) New SkinneePix app airbrushes selfies.

A new app slims down your selfies.

SkinneePix, created by Pretty Smart Women, airbrushes your selfies—for only $0.99.

The Huffington Post reported that the app's creators came up with the idea after listening to women complain about their Facebook photographs.

"All we heard people say was 'delete that, don't you dare tag me in that, this is horrible.' After the last vacation, we were like we can do something about this," said one of the app's masterminds, Susan Green. "You've always heard about the camera adding 15 pounds, we just wanted to level the playing field."

Several prominent female writers have slammed the SkinneePix. Salon's Sarah Gray said the app is "the worst thing to happen to the selfie" (although it could be argued that the selfie ITSELF is the worst thing to happen to the SELFIE).

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"In the same disgusting way that starlets and models are airbrushed, Photoshopped and altered when they grace magazine covers, this app takes the Instagram filter one step further and allows for self-slimming," Gray wrote. "Rather than be body- and self-image positive, the app enforces the digital manipulation that many magazines are criticized for."

Green disagreed with Gray's sentiment. In fact, Green argued that Skinnee Pics actually improves women's lives because it encourages them to hit the gym.

"The first time I saw myself in that app, I felt better seeing my face a little slimmer," Green said. "It's not this huge change. When I saw it I remember thinking, 'Gosh, I feel better about this picture,' and that's only 15 pounds. If I can lose 15 pounds and look like that, " Green told HuffPost. "We're hearing now people are using it to motivate themselves to get healthy, that's how I'm using that now, because I can see something that's attainable."

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