How to Look Skinny in Photos

5 Red Carpet Secrets to Posing for Photos

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Kim Kardashian West, Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian pose. Charley Gallay for Getty Images

How is it that celebrities always look skinny when they pose for photos on the red carpet? 

I once lived in NYC's West Village and I can vouch that your average celebrity Ain't All That. She tends to be short and bobbleheaded, with proper child-bearing hips just like you and me (except for Giselle Bundchen and Sienna Miller).

So how is it that in pictures they all appear so slim-y terrific? More importantly, how can we look 10 pounds thinner in photos?

The secret is in the pose. (That, and the fact that celebrities starve themselves a week before events and get sprayed by professional tanning people and wear gut-sucking Spanx, which yes, do really work, and...). Back to the pose.

These are five slimming secrets to appearing 10 pounds thinner in photos. You can practice these tips in front of a mirror, but I suggest locking your door first so as not to be caught appearing vain.

Secret No. 1: Turn partially sideways to the camera, planting one foot in front of the other. Point your toe to the camera and place your weight on your back foot.

Secret No. 2: Pull head forward slightly to minimize any appearance of a double chin.

Secret No. 3: Hold arms slightly away from your body. This keeps upper arm flab from flattening out and therefore appearing flabbier (much like thighs do when one sits on a couch).

Secret No. 4: Pull shoulders back, chest forward and gently suck stomach in.

Be careful not to suck stomach so far in that your ribs show, thereby causing those who later see the photo to cluck to themselves in a bemused, sing-song voice, "She's sucking i-in."

Secret No. 5: If you can get away with it without looking like a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Girl wannabe, try the look away trick.

To do this, look away from the camera, then turn towards it, breaking into a smile just before the camera clicks. Your smile will appear fresh, not frozen. This trick takes practice behind closed, locked doors.

When taking a photo, it is also important the photographer does not snap the picture from below. This adds another 20-50 pounds to the 10 pounds automatically. Find out why cameras add 10 pounds in this article on PopSugar.

More Tips to Look 10 Pounds Thinner in Photos

Use objects you are holding to your advantage by placing them in front of parts of you you'd prefer to hide. A purse or corsage in front of your belly. A jacket slung over the shoulder. (Gwyneth Paltrow used a perfectly placed purse to hide her baby bump before she announced her pregnancy with Apple).

Check out Spanx hosiery. The very modern version of the corset, Spanx are famous for making women all over the world appear 10 pounds thinner. I own four pairs. (Don't invest in the panty hose, like most hose, they tend to tear and these are pricey). You can buy them from

Fake tans will make you look and feel skinnier. Unfortunately, in the past, they tended to reek, but science has come a long way. Check out my list of The 13 Best Self Tanning Products on the Market Today.

It's not just black that makes you look thinner. Wearing an entire outfit of just one color will do the trick as well, whether it be white, beige, brown, blue, or red. One color tends to elongate your figure. Avoid entire outfits in pink, however, unless you are four years old or younger.