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Friday 19 September 2014

Curvy Anna Daly prefers her 'before' picture in Photoshop tv experiment

Laura Larkin

Published 31/07/2014 | 07:35

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Anna before and after
Anna before and after

Gorgeous Anna Daly doesn't need much touching up to look fantastic at a very early hour, but she volunteered to get the Photoshop treatment to show young girls just how much work goes into model beauty.

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The TV3 babe flinched as she watched an expert at a photography studio fix her flaws and slim her down on screen as part of Ireland AM's Love Your Body week.

"It was strange but fascinating to watch someone change my picture. I couldn't stop asking questions," she told the Herald.

"Of course I felt self-conscious as they adjusted my waistline but what was harder was showing the pictures to a focus group of teenagers from around 
the country and it was like they were playing spot-the-difference with the before and after pictures

"You would not want to be over-sensitive if you're getting Photoshopped," the 34-year-old joked.

But the curvy beauty said that it hasn't changed how she feels about her body, despite being on camera five days a week.

"I don't feel pressure to look a certain way," she revealed. "If I felt any pressure I'd be skinny.

"I've had two kids recently and my body shape has changed. I probably do need to lose a few pounds but it's not something that keeps me up at night by any means."

Her sons James (2) and Euan (1) keep the hard-working mum too busy to worry too much about how she looks, she admits.

The Photoshop treatment covered just the basics and she said it was designed to alert young girls to the fact that every image they come across in glossy magazines is altered.

The graphic designers smoothed out the visible veins on Anna's feet, slimmed her waist and her face. A scar on her arm was blotted out and her skin tone was altered.

"I was happy to get stuck in because I've always been proud to be part of a programme that doesn't just focus on beautiful, size eight models," she said.

This is the bubbly presenter's upper limit when it comes to any future photoshoots that she may stand in.

"Because of my job I'd allow them to do a small bit, some very basic improvements are fine," Anna said.

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