Come on now. Who says “a picture is worth a thousand words?” In Kelly Clarkson’s case the picture on the cover of the September issue of Self magazine might be worth about 30-40 pounds.

And the best part is that the magazine admitted it airbrushed out part of Kelly to make her look, well, better. And all that seems strange since Kelly herself admits that she doesn’t care if she is portrayed as she is.

So, what do you think? Thumbs up or thumbs down on the photo?

Or do you think they should take a shot at doing the same thing with Ruben in October?

By the way, a couple of weeks ago Clarkson appeared on Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series and she sat down to reveal 10 things that well … maybe you didn’t know about her.

If you want to find out what they are, go here (& you can see a video of the real Kelly, no airbrush here):