Man, isn't this a tough one? Of course, in photography, everyone wants to put their best foot forward, so to speak. But with the incredibly powerful tool that is Photoshop, "best foot forward" now includes a Stiletto, a pedicure, a gold anklet, and maybe some lens flare.
If you live in this century, you've certainly heard everything there is to hear about why body manipulation is great, terrible, and all things few and far between. I won't bore you with that conversation, because you can find so many more articulate discussions about it than I can probably provide on any other photography blog.
Personally, I am often quite hesitant to photoshop people in "flattering" ways, because it ends up a slippery slope of a spiral into self-esteem issues. Moreover, it simply perpetuates those self-esteem issues (shit, I said I wasn't going to get into this conversation...) Anyway. Instead, I'd like to show you how I feel body manipulation should be used in a less socially-damaging way.
Okay, so it's technically more of a composite than it is a body manipulation, but I'm still manipulating different parts of her body to construct an image that didn't previously exist. Sue me.