We've seen models' waists Photoshopped down to nothing, we've seen the Kardashian sisters digitally altered to be the same height, but never before have we seen a magazine just flat out draw someone on their cover. This, friends, is a new one. Marie Claire South Africa wanted Kate Middleton on their cover so badly that they had their best graphic artists illustrate a "hyper-real" version. The Duchess, who respectably doesn't pose for magazines, can be "seen" posing in native South African designer duds all while looking eerily ... dead. She looks dead. She does.
The magazine is calling their Kate cover (and seven-page inside spread!) a "fan-art tribute," but man, is this going too far, or what?
I wanna see Kate give a glossy magazine an interview and a photo shoot just as much as the next royalophile, but this is not what I had in mind.
Fake Kate is creepy and she makes me uncomfortable. It's like Weekend at Bernie's only with fewer Hawaiian shirts and more animal print. I mean, Marie Claire even said that they're "dressing her up in clothes ... and placing her in all sorts of fun, everyday situations."
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All that's missing is a pair of idiots holding her up, dragging her to parties.
We just have to face it, Kate's not going to grace the cover of any of our favorite magazines. We won't see her with editorial hair, posing in haute couture, in an abandoned warehouse or the palace gardens.
The sooner we come to terms with this disappointment, the sooner we can all live fuller and more accepting lives. The last thing we need is more Photoshoppery, no matter how out in the open it is. Teens have been crusading for less Photoshop for a while now, and they're making moves. The rags are hearing them. Even Kim Kardashian is taking heed.
We want real people in real clothes in real places. Is that too much to ask?
What do you think of this cover?
Photo via Marie Claire SA