The Mind-Boggling Mystery of Octomom in a Bikini

Octomom Nadya Suleman has disrobed again, this time for America's trashiest magazine Steppin' Out.

Whereas traditional tabloids like Star (where Octomom debuted her "bikini body") employ fleets of photo retouchers, most of Steppin' Out is literally printed in black and white, on a shoestring budget supported by laser-printed ads for strip clubs. There's no way they have the budget for the kind of photoshopping one would assume a woman who carried eight infants in her uterus all at once would need. Did Octomom really transform her midsection from the hideously distended varicose nightmare at right, to the taut plane of even-toned flesh at left?

We emailed literally pimping Steppin' Out editor Chaunce Hayden to find out.

From: Maureen O'Connor
To: Chaunce Hayden
Date: Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Is that really Octomom's body? No stretch marks??

From: Chaunce Hayden
To: Maureen O'Connor
Date: Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 11:31 AM

I swear to you.. almost no photoshopping.... As she puts it in my interview, "I snap back really well."

From: Maureen O'Connor
To: Chaunce Hayden
Date: Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 11:32 AM

For the record, what exactly constitutes "almost no photoshopping"?

From: Chaunce Hayden
To: Maureen O'Connor
Date: Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 11:37 AM

haha..... Nobody is perfect Maureen! But I've done a lot more work on celebs who are "Hollywood hotties"... I could have taken out the vains in her hands, but I really don't think she needs that kind of work. Some slight skin smoothing at best. I wanted to show her as she really is. And what you see is really what you get.

Seriously? Maybe her new calling as a personal trainer is a good one, after all. [Steppin' Out via press release, Star, TMZ]