Jennifer Love Hewitt covers Shape Mag: are we to believe this is her actual body?

Y’all know I like Jennifer Love Hewitt. The girl’s kind of crazy, but she seems harmless and sweet. Since her mom died last year, I think J.Love has been doing some maturing, some growing up and some deep mourning. She hasn’t been getting pap’d every two seconds and she hasn’t been shoving her latest boyfriend(s) down our throats. But does our general warmth for J.Love mean that we have to accept this Shape Magazine cover as real? It’s not her fault that they Photoshopped the crap out of her body… but I still get the feeling that Jennifer would approve. This is the same person who claimed to be a size 2 when there was significant evidence to the contrary. I mean… those aren’t even her real breasts on the cover!!! Still, I’ll give her a pass I guess. Especially since she’s talking about how working out saved her life after her mom died:

Jennifer Love Hewitt looks strong and confident on the cover of the March issue of Shape magazine, donning an electric pink and white bikini and her adorable girl-next-door smile. Some might shy away from baring their bodies in front of millions, but the 34-year-old actress isn’t phased, especially after taking on the racy role as a massage therapist on Lifetime’s The Client List, which requires her to strut her stuff on national TV every week.

While Jennifer looks and feels better than ever, it hasn’t always been an easy road. In 2007 she was blasted by the media after some not-so-flattering photos surfaced of the newly engaged Texas native vacationing in Hawaii. Many women may have wanted to avoid the spotlight after undergoing the widely publicized scrutiny, but Hewitt took the opportunity to speak out and embrace her body in a whole new way. A size 2 at the time, she defended her physique in an interview with PEOPLE magazine. In 2009, she flaunted her body in an itsy-bitsy white bikini on the October SHAPE issue—and look at her now on our March cover!

So where does she derive her motivation and confidence? Being a role model inspires her to look her best, she says. She’ll read tweets from fans and finds encouragement knowing that she’s being looked up to.

“I know they’re counting on me to feel powerful,” she says in the March issue.

Taking care of herself is not just about feeling great and looking dynamite in a swimsuit. A healthy life has much more meaning to the actress after her mother, Patricia, passed away last June. Completely devastated, Hewitt wanted to crawl into a hole, but her friends urged her to get active. And she did.

“When life hits you so hard—whether someone you care for dies or your lover leaves you—working out can save your life. It certainly saved mine.”

Be sure to pick up a copy of our March issue to see how the star incorporates a healthy lifestyle into her sometimes 16-hour days on set! She also shares her five favorite body-sculpting moves, courtesy of Buti, a class created by L.A.-based pro Bizzie Gold that combines yoga, dance, and plyometrics.

[From Shape Magazine]

I understand what she’s saying about working out saving her life, I think. It gives you something to do, it gives you something to work on, and it burns off energy. I would rather be sad and physically exhausted, you know? And that’s just it – working out makes so many people feel better mentally, and even if I’m in a really crappy place, I always feel better after a workout. But what bugs me about Jennifer’s comment is that she seems to be equating one of her asinine breakups (with some dude that she thought she would marry after dating for a few weeks) with her mother’s death. It’s not the same kind of grief!

Photos courtesy of Shape, WENN.

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  1. neelyo says:

    I’m not even sure that’s her face. Haylie Duff?

  2. RocketMerry says:

    ‘Shopped into oblivion.

  3. Aiobhan says:

    Eh,,, why not?

    • gogoGorilla says:

      Just look at the difference in the size of her arms. There’s NO WAY that’s her actual body as it exists in reality.

      This is why I won’t ever buy this magazine. If she’s good enough to put on your cover, then put her on AS SHE IS.

  4. Lolly says:

    I’ve always loved Jennifer, probaly always will. Glad she’s doing so well. Wish her the best.

  5. Shelley says:

    Phabulous Phake. Photoshop.
    Don’t believe any photos you see in magazines anymore… They are all photoshopped to the max.

    • Tiffany says:

      I think that the image is photoshopped as all covers are, but she is close to this size now. They have a behind the scenes video, and she looks pretty fit.

      I have to say, though…she’s a short girl. I don’t think her “bad days” were really all that bad. She probably gained 10 lbs. and it all went to her hips. It isn’t that crazy to think she lost 10-15 lbs.

    • Shelley says:

      Watched video and I stand (somewhat) corrected.
      She does look good and is definitely thinner but there’s still some shopping going on.

  6. Dawn says:

    I don’t think she was equating a break up to death. I think she was trying to give advice to people going through a difficult time. Some people never had to deal with death but they might know the pain of losing someone to life.

    • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

      I agree..I was thinking she just meant heartbreak and loss in general terms, not necessarily the type or extent of grief experienced. I have been there; worked out a lot after a painful breakup and that got me through it. It’s amazing that exercise affects the chemicals in the brain and therefore alter your way of thinking. It’s definitely therapeutic.

    • Little Darling says:

      I agree. I think she was just broadening the experience to reach more of her fans…luckily not everyone has gone through the horror of losing a parent and I think she wants everyone to relate that from a huge tragedy to a smaller scale one, working out makes you feel better!

  7. Dawn says:

    Well I think she is a little photo shopped but she did have a song written about her body so there you have it!

    • Prinny says:

      Are you talking about ‘your body is a wonderland’? If so, John and Jennifer both denied the song was written about her. It was for a childhood girlfriend. I believe she did have an LFO song written for her though. Regardless, I think she looks great. Beautiful girl!

  8. RN says:

    I watched the video of the shoot and yes, they did use Photoshop, but I can tell you that it was minimal.

  9. littlestar says:

    I’ve always liked her too. She seems to have Kim Kardashian syndrome (or maybe it’s Jennifer Love Hewitt syndrome since she’s been around longer) – where she’s always in love with the idea of being in love, hence why she doesn’t have lasting and long relationships with men. But she’s harmless, unlike KK.

    Looking at the magazine cover photo compared to the pictures of her in clothing below, it’s hard to believe they didn’t photoshop her body into oblivion. It’s sad. She’s incredibly beautiful as she is, why the need to make her “perfect”?

    • Annie says:

      I love her too. She’s a fairly good actress (and quite underrated imo) and her man problems seem to stem from genuine clueless-ness rather than schemingness mixed in with stupidity a la Kim Kardashian or Tayor Swift. And, although some disagree with me, I think JLH is very gorgeous.

  10. Gabby says:

    I would believe she lost weight because I have seen how grief works on people’s bodies. People just lose their appeitites and look sickly for quite some time in my experience. But no doubt the cover is retouched quite thouroughly. I think she just honestly has a bigger bone structure because she does appear to be a bigger girl. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, when she dresses appropriately… But anyways she probably lost weight for that new show she is doing where she has to wear lingerie so, I would too. 😀

    • Lulu says:

      I’ve seen her in person, back when she was on Dawson’s Creek. She is very tiny and small boned actually.

      • sunnyinseattle says:

        I don’t remember her on Dawson’s Creek. I know she was on Party of Five. Am I forgetting something? Driving me crazy now LOL 😉

  11. Mew says:

    Nope, not her body. It’s so generic that I’m starting to believe there’s only one 3D model of female body that’s used everywhere and every magazine. It’s so dull, boring and just… yawning… give me something real for once.

  12. aims says:

    I like the white dress

  13. Miss so and so says:

    Just look at the arms in the pictures and the cover. The thing is there is NOTHING wrong with her arms but they slimmed the down.

  14. eb says:

    It’s a good angle. Saw the photo, seems like there would be photoshopping involved, then saw the film of the making of the commercial and of the photo shoot. It’s her!

    In promo for her series, she’s dancing around in a skimpy outfit and you can see she lost a lot of weight. So much weight that the material of her bodice was baggy. That is how small she’s become. Normally she challenges the bodice portion of her outfits. They should have sized her top one down. I guess she surprised wardrobe as well.

  15. eb says:

    There’s tape. It’s her. Good for her.

  16. KellyinSeattle says:

    I’ve never thought she’s very pretty (and I usually don’t like her clothes), but she is likeable.

  17. hoya_chick says:

    She’s come a long way since those unflattering Hawaii bikini photos a few years back. She has always been a cute and petite girl, she seemed to have toned up. All magazine photos are photoshopped, so I won’t hold it against her.

    I get why people don’t like her but she is so 90s to me and Can’t Hardly Wait is a staple movie in my dvd collection on a boring Saturday night. Lol.

  18. Patrice says:

    Hahahaha! NO. Why do these magazines always ‘shop the hell out of women built like JLH on their covers?? I know these magazines are trying to sell a particular body type/image, but WHY contract a pear shaped woman like Love in the first place if you’re just going to give her a totally different body post-photoshoot, you know? It’s insulting-they must know that we can all just access pics of what she really looks like-and seems really pointless…*scratches head*

  19. Shira says:

    Uncool, Jennifer.
    She always talks about body image and Hollywood standards and then she lets them Photoshop her into that. UNCOOL.

  20. Jane says:

    OMG. What’s the point, Shape magazine? Looks nothing like her, in the body or face. Looks completely photoshopped. SMH

    • bigt says:

      She looks very much like this in the video of the shoot. Of course its great lighting body angles etc. on the cover. She looks tight and toned and beautiful. Good for her.

  21. Jayna says:

    They were showing her posing for this shoot on TV, and she looked close to this. It wa the best I had seen her look in a bikini in forever. Plus, she has to stay in her best shape for her “masseuse” TV show. She has bigger legs, though, even when thinner ftom bikini bottoms up.. They’ve posed her well on the mag for her legs. When my mom died, I was beyond thin and after her death did run a lot to work out my demons mentally over losing her. So I can believe she is this thin right now or back when this was shot.

  22. Cinderella says:

    Boobs and hips…nothing wrong with that!

  23. Monarch23 says:

    I saw a commercial on tv this am & was wondering…who is even thinking about this girl anymore? Is her show any good? As far as this blatant photo shop…I mean photo “op”…Who the hell is her face and body morphed with?!

    • Jayna says:

      The TV movie was such a hit that they based a TV show around it. This is all Lifetime. I think the show is a hit. It got renewed. I only saw the TV show once, so I don’t know if it’s good or not. I have to say I saw the TV movie. It actually was a good little TV movie. She is a good TV actress. And her face was really pretty. She has very pretty eyes. I don’t think photos do her justice. She’s one of those people prettier in person.

  24. lola lola says:

    Looks nothing like her! Hilarious.