LuAnn de Lesseps

LuAnn explains what she meant by "retouching" Bethenny's mag cover.

on Mar 10, 2009

The "airbrush scandal"?! The first thing out of my mouth to Bethenny when she told me about the magazine was "Fantastic." When I asked her about retouching (every magazine is retouched) I was trying to help her, as I've had bad experiences with pictures that get retouched and you might not like the way they look. It had nothing to do with the way she looked, as we all know she's beautiful. It was about the process of making a good cover for a magazine. I was surprised she took it the way she did. I didn't think she was that sensitive. When I realized I hurt her feelings, I told her I was sorry. I really didn't mean to offend her.

I think people are tired of being treated badly and seeing people behave badly.

I was inspired to write my book Class with the Countess because people are always asking my advice on everything from what to wear to knowing what to say, from table manners to how to radiate self confidence. It became obvious to me that people are confused about what is appropriate in a world in where anything goes. I think people are tired of being treated badly and seeing people behave badly.