Beyonce's Rep: She Is Not Fat

By Xana O'Neill
|  Wednesday, Mar 25, 2009  |  Updated 12:12 PM PDT
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Beyonce's rep ripped critics who said the songstress' body was looking a bit too bootylicious these days.

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Beyonce's rep ripped critics who said the songstress' body was looking a bit too bootylicious these days -- and blamed the singer's curvaceous appearance on a dress that accentuated her hips.

"This is not a weight-gain issue," her rep told Usmagazine.com. "Beyonce is in the best shape of her life."

The weight-gain whisper campaign was started by a photograph of Beyonce appearing in New York on March 8. The songstress wore a floor-length, shimmery Thierry Mugler couture dress that had padded hips reminiscent of Elizabethan-style gowns for her I ... Am tour.

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"The exaggerated hips are a design element of a truly couture dress," the rep told the magazine. "Beyonce has always loved the dress."

The waist on the dress -- originally designed for Jerry Hall -- had to be taken in for Beyonce, from 23 inches to 19, her rep said.

The gown was designed with the Elizabethan era in mind -- designed with corsetry and pads stitched underneath the dress to accentuate the body's curves to larger-than-life proportions, the Daily Mail reported.

Mugler, a Parisian couturier, will design a 58-piece the wardrobe for her tour.

A representative for Mugler defended the design of Beyonce's dress.

"The padded hips intentionally focus attention to the waist."

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