- The models she thinks were born beautiful (and thus husband-stealing) are much taller than her own five foot two. This means that they can be the same weight as she is but be more slender in appearance.
- Models tend to have eating disorders more profound and debilitating than her own and are thus more slender.
- While she might make a glum, self-denying 'joke' about it, Elly is unwilling to admit that the photos that make her feel bad about herself have been retouched to force a normal human being to look like the impossible ideal.
Her motives for this denial seem to be similar to Michael's. Just as the Delicate Genius doesn't want to admit that he has to practice because that means that he is just another scruffy little idiot instead of the snowflake so special that extra-mean people need to destroy so they don't have to admit how special they aren't, Elly has no long-term interest into admitting that the models that make her feel bad don't look like they do in the photos and probably feel lousier than she does because doing so would mean that she's not only torturing herself for nothing, she's also the willing victim of a hoax.