Michael looks in the mirror.

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For the next part of the Carson's self-image intervention, he leads Michael into a room filled with mirrors so she can get a 360-degree look at her body...after she strips down to her underwear. "Here comes the real deal," Michael says. "This is what's called the truth."

"Sometimes the truth feels good," Carson says.

"Sometimes it hurts, big time," Michael says.

Carson encourages Michael to talk about how she feels about her body. The first thing she notices is her stomach, which she calls a "muffin top." She's not happy about her thighs, either. "Those are bad, too. They're very loose," Michael says. "Look in the mirror at that shaking—it's like an earthquake!"

The part of her body Michael says she hates most is her behind. "It's humungous. When I round the corner you can still see me."

After the jokes stop, Michael gets serious. "I wish I didn't have to feel like this about my butt. I feel really almost guilty that I'm so blessed in so many ways."

Carson tells Michael he sees a different person than what she's identified. "You're sassy, you're confident, you're beautiful. You've got great hair, a great smile. The 'girls' look amazing. Your hips are even with the line of your shoulder. You've got a nice balance," he says. "By the end of our couple of days together, I want you to be able to look in the mirror and see the model within. That might not be the skinny person from 20 years ago, but I want you to see the beautiful person that's still there."
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Published on March 14, 2008

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