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Wednesday, 12 February, 2003, 09:16 GMT
Winslet 'happy' with fuller figure
GQ's Kate Winslet photoshoot
Winslet was not consulted on the digital alterations
Actress Kate Winslet has said she does not want to look like a thin model despite being recently airbrushed by a magazine to make her look slimmer.

She said she did not want to be seen as a hypocrite after becoming known for speaking up for women with fuller figures.

In January, men's style magazine GQ caused a stir by retouching its cover photographs of the star.

Winslet had approved the original shots - but had not been consulted on the changes.

"I don't want people to think I was a hypocrite and had suddenly gone and lost 30 pounds, which is something I would never do, and more importantly don't want to look like that," she told GMTV on Wednesday.

Me and my sisters and my mum are quite proud of our muscly, strong legs and hips and all the rest of it

Kate Winslet
"I sat there with the magazine cover and a Polaroid that was taken on the day going, 'What's the difference?'

"They made my legs look quite a bit thinner. They also made me look about six feet tall, which I'm not, I'm 5ft 6ins, and you know I have got muscly legs, me and my sisters and my mum are quite proud of our muscly, strong legs and hips and all the rest of it."

At the time, GQ editor Dylan Jones said Winslet's appearance had been altered "no more than any other cover star".

He said she looked "thinner than I had ever seen her" when he interviewed her, and "these pictures are not a million miles away from what she really looks like".

Kate Winslet in Walker's Comic Relief TV advert
She stars in a new Comic Relief crisp advert
Winslet's agent told BBC News Online: "She has done many magazine covers and knows that once you've done the photos it is out of her control."

"Once you shoot them, the magazine has them and can do what they will with them, and the actor is really not part of that approval process."

Winslet, soon to be seen in new film The Life Of David Gale alongside Kevin Spacey, was picked on at school for being overweight and was nicknamed Blubber.

She has said she is "completely physically comfortable" with who she is.

She lost four-and-a-half stone following the birth of her daughter Mia in 2000 and attributed the weight loss to a facial analysis diet which prescribes an eating plan based on complexion and facial features.

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