MARTHA STEWART: FAT, FAT, FAT!
MARTHA STEWART has packed on the pounds again, and the vain domestic diva is taking desperate measures to hide the flab on TV and in photos and public appearances.
The 72-year-old, Emmy-winning entrepreneur has resorted to using “belly blockers” – clever props, including coats, plates and even lamps – to conceal her weight gain. And any staffers who let an unflattering photo slip through catch holy hell, a source says.
“Martha’s driving her people crazy with her insistence they find new ways to hide her fat belly,” the source said.
“She still sees herself as a stunning blonde ingenue. So when that damn belly of hers shows up in photos, her first reaction is to scream her head off at the poor lackey who has the unpleasant task of presenting the pictures.
“Her assistants, production crew and hair-and-makeup people have a running bet over how many seconds it will take for Martha to explode after someone shows her the latest prints from her most recent shoot. That person is a dead duck!”
Ironically, in her new book “Living the Good Long Life,” the legendary American tastemaker shares her practical tips for a healthy lifestyle – including how to stay physically fit.
One former employee cracked: “Martha should follow her own tips! Her attitude is do as I say, not as I do!” The 5-foot-9 former model has fought the battle of the bulge for years as her weight seesawed between an estimated 157 and 212 pounds.
Despite her expanding gut, Martha was recently spotted loading up her plate with food at a party thrown by record mogul Clive Davis.
“Most people were holding back, but not Martha,” said the insider.
The diva herself has admitted: “I love dessert.”
Sources say her staff knows they must hide her bulges with props or use computer software to alter the image in photos.
But recently all hell broke loose after the “Martha Stewart Living” star completed some production work for Macy’s and was photographed with executives and designers.
“There was no plate or suitcase or purse to stick in front of her,” said the insider.
“It was all Martha and she looked as big as a house.”
Later, when she saw prints of the pictures, she reportedly threw a fit, fuming: “Who the hell edits this stuff ! I TOLD you no more belly shots! Don’t put me in this position again. Ever!”
The problem is particularly difficult because Martha tends to carry her weight in her belly, said the insider, adding: “In her mind, she’s still a knockout – but the camera DOESN'T lie.”