Yes, she looks great as a result of her Jenny Craig diet and diligent work outs. And I have to give her credit for getting into a bikini for the whole world to see at age 48. However, although I'm certain that Valerie lost a bunch of weight and looks fabulous now, I do not believe that her picture on the cover of People magazine is untouched by the magic of airbrushing. This is driven home by the fact that Kim Kardashian (28 years old) is airbrushed on a magazine cover as seen here on her blog. Notice how her legs look real on the left and flawless on the right.
I say, Good for Kim. It really is comforting to know that people who are on the covers of magazines are, in fact, airbrushed. Now, I'd really love for People or Valerie to come forward and confirm whether or not there was airbrushing on her pictures. If not, then fine. But, if there was airbrushing, then I think it is total crap for them to be showing off her "bikini body" without a disclaimer, particularly in light of the fact that she is selling a weight loss plan. And, as I said, I believe there was airbrushing, so you know how I feel about her being on the cover.