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Look Thinner In Photos Without Relying On Spanx Or Your Will Power

Mar. 31 2009, Published 5:35 a.m. ET

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We asked our Online Shoping Expert, Michelle Madhok, (pictured above) about a bizarre trend of fashionistas assuming what looks like a very unnatural position in front of the camera.

We've recently been seeing more and more crossing of the legs right before the flash goes off. Why this sudden urge to stick one foot in front and twist the torso. Here’s what she told us:

"It turns out there is a method to the madness: The cross-legged stance makes you appear thinner in photos.

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To copy the slimming stance, turn slightly sideways, point your front foot directly at the camera, and shift your weight to your back foot."

Visit SheFinds to see some photos of the pose in action.

Other slenderizing secrets? Keep your shoulders back and chest up, place your hand on your hip, and keep your head up to minimize the appearance of a double chin.

"skinny pose" photo gallery

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