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Britney Spears agrees to release un-airbrushed images of herself

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Celebrities and the industry around them is often accused of producing images that affect young people's body image.

Which is why it's so refreshing to see one of the world's most famous pop stars allowing all of their imperfections to be highlighted.

Britney Spears has allowed the pre-airbrushed images from a shoot she took part in for fashion firm Candie's to be used ALONGSIDE the digitally-altered ones, so people can see the difference.

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Brave move: Britney Spears has allowed airbrushed images from her shoot to be released along with the original raw photos which show all her imperfections.

The 29-year-old singer made the extraordinary move in order to highlight the pressure exerted on women to look perfect.

In the first shot, she is seen facing the camera with her arms behind her back.

Imperfections that can be clearly seen in the un-airbrushed shot include blemishes on her calf, her larger thighs and, if you look really closely, you can see her feet have dry skin on them.

The airbrushed pictures, however, tell a different story with a slimmed-down waist and flawless, skinny legs.

Meanwhile, in the second picture, she is seen from the back - in the un-airbrushed shot she has areas of cellulite on the back of her thighs, a tattoo on her lower back (sometimes called a 'tramp stamp') is clearly visible and her backside is a little out of shape.

However, in the altered photo all of these imperfections have been wiped out - and she appears to have a pert rear, unrealistically smooth skin, slimmer legs and the tattoo has vanished.
Britney Spears in her Candies advert

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Shaping up: The pop star's whole body has been trimmed down with the use of a computer, even down to removing a tattoo on her back.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: 'Britney is proud of her body - imperfections and all.'

Of the experience, the singer told press: 'I had so much fun shooting the Candies for Kohl's campaign. My favorite set-up was against the gigantic wall of pink cotton candy.'

And she added: 'I got to wear the cutest clothes and they are perfect for summer!'

The star was recently accused of hitting her current boyfriend Jason Trawick.

U.S. website X17online alleged that Miss Spears hit Trawick, who is also her agent, while they were in a car together in LA.

The site claims an onlooker told them: 'Britney hit Jason in the face five or six times!

'Britney was really upset. It looked like she was taking out years of frustration on Jason when she was hitting him. It wasn’t like this was anger from one incident.

'It looks like she hates the guy! Why would you do that to someone you love?'