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Marie Claire Takes Photoshopping to a New Level of Physical Deception with Duchess Kate

Did you know that Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, made an appearance on August’s issue of Marie Claire South Africa? Well, kind of. Okay, not exactly.

You see, the duchess doesn’t do magazine covers, so since Marie Claire SA still wanted her gracing their cover, they decided to take matters into their own hands and do a little Photoshop surgery. They took the duchess’ head and hands and placed them on a model’s body. Yes, you read that right.

Within the publication, editors went on to electronically dress the duchess in more of the designer garb.

“The cover is actually a hyper-real illustration of Kate,” Editor Aspasia Karras told the Telegraph, “meant to be a fan art tribute to fashion’s new royal icon.”

Well, she may consider it a tribute, but it worries me. It also should worry the duchess, and it should worry you.

The duchess has a right to decide not to pose for cover shots, does she not? But Marie Claire SA has decided that’s irrelevant. If they want her on the cover of their magazine, they’ll have her. But what about the duchess’ rights?

Then there’s the reader who’s being fooled into believing that it’s the real duchess on the cover, and that she’s wearing “SA’s Best Local Designs,” as the caption read. Sure, editors decided to add a disclosure in small letters below the image that read, “Of course she doesn’t. But she should.” But that’s pretty vague and not everyone’s going to read it.

I’m sure many people will wonder what the big deal is. And maybe this example is not a big deal to readers and possibly even the duchess, but my concern is where this will lead.

The outfit is not Kate’s usual style, so why did Marie Claire put Kate’s head on a body with clothes Kate usually wouldn’t wear? What if she or another celebrity was adamant about animals rights and a magazine chose to dress her up in furs? What if a celebrity refuses to show skin–can a fashion magazine simply put a head on a half-naked body?

I find this “hyper-real illustration” trend very disturbing. I feel that it not only misleads the reader, but also it misrepresents a person and devalues them. Because it sends the message that the real person just isn’t needed and that magazine editors can select you by how you look, not by who you are and what your values are.

The duchess was not only placed on the cover of a fashion magazine, even though that’s not what she would usually do, but she’s also dressed in clothes she wouldn’t usually wear, so the image is completely out of character. It’s not her, but readers will see it as her and assume that these things are part of who she is. This also leaves the door open for any person to be manipulated, changed and violated in the future.

Should the “hyper-real illustration” trend continue, I predict it will cause a lot of concerns for the model portrayed, as well as for the readers.

PI ladies, what do you think of Marie Claire SA’s Kate Middleton cover?

Image: Huffingtonpost.com | Marie Claire Magazine


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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by CandyBowlz on December 20, 2012 at 02:01

    I cannot believe anyone would do such low things. Just find another person to do the photoshoot!

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by Vicki on August 9, 2012 at 14:05

    Is terrible buts its sad. This world is ruled by Satan and here is just one of the examples of it.

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by hugsnkisses0706 on August 3, 2012 at 08:26

    my friends tell me that people spend hours photoshopping and spackling on makeup on models and thats how they looked so perfect… i never really believed it at first but now i kinda do!

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by lovesunshinepeace on August 2, 2012 at 17:06

    Wow…a complete violation

  5. thespiritualwarrior7

    Posted by thespiritualwarrior7 on August 1, 2012 at 11:49

    This is absolute insanity! Quite frankly, it is scary what photoshopping can do. Is this even legal?

  6. faulty-but-real

    Posted by faulty-but-real on July 31, 2012 at 06:15

    this the excat sleezy disgusting thing magizine companys will be doing. i agree with YoucatMarie,like 100% (bum-bum-BAH!!!!! is absolutly right!) this is just icing on cake. what if Dutchess Kate DID find out???? this isn’t pretty,and the out-come won’t be either. :/ yeesh. this is some of medias worst tricks

  7. Paris

    Posted by Paris on July 29, 2012 at 17:02

    Wow,they know this is wrong.

  8. MeghanHug99

    Posted by MeghanHug99 on July 27, 2012 at 13:38

    This is horrible! They have no right to do that, especially when Kate told them no. She is for sure going to be pretty mad when she finds out. I think it’s immature!

  9. trumpetchick

    Posted by trumpetchick on July 26, 2012 at 11:55

    There’s another reason that Marie Claire isn’t that great (to me, at least), but it’s a political reason. This is awful. Terrible magazine.

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by ashley932 on July 26, 2012 at 11:31

    This is terrible. Marie Claire must be so desperate for attention. I am curious to see how this all plays out.

  11. emma4623

    Posted by emma4623 on July 26, 2012 at 10:50

    OMG!!! that is WAY lower than low!!!!

    thats the LOWEST THERE CAN BE!!!!

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by francesjayy2013 on July 25, 2012 at 18:48

    That is not okay, like she said above, what if a person does not want to do a nude shot, then the magazine just photoshops them onto a naked body?? There should be legal actions taken.

  13. olburrows

    Posted by olburrows on July 25, 2012 at 17:34

    That’s truly upsetting!

  14. texasgirl

    Posted by texasgirl on July 25, 2012 at 16:01

    Wow that’s scary. If your a celebrity, that could happen to you! Scary, I think.

  15. PamCake

    Posted by PamCake on July 25, 2012 at 15:43

    It should be a no-brainer that this is wrong.

  16. Project Inspired

    Posted by nicole.smit98 on July 25, 2012 at 15:09

    I’m a photographer and I use photo shop all the time. It’s quite simple to blend two people together. With the press of a button kind of simple. But I also know how hard it is to use stuff illegally. Not so sure I believe. :/

  17. kala12395

    Posted by kala12395 on July 25, 2012 at 14:18

    That is so messed up. If they are gonna use photoshop, they need some help. lol. That is a horrible photoshop job.

  18. Project Inspired

    Posted by Mrs K on July 25, 2012 at 13:31

    This reminds me of the part on “A Walk To Remember” where they put her face on a nasty picture and passed it around. It wasn’t her, just like this isn’t the Duchess. Sad thing when adults can’t get past that stage in life.

  19. Project Inspired

    Posted by jenny.m.bennett on July 25, 2012 at 12:10

    I completely agree with you. Thanks for calling attention to such a blatantly dishonest representation.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by 1_artist on July 25, 2012 at 17:38

      Agreed. I think publications like Marie Claire and Cosmo make women (and girls) out to be very shallow, sex-crazed, and selfish, I mean I read an article from a similar magazine (Redbook) that made it seem normal for a woman to spend $500+ on ONE pair of shoes (and that’s not even the worst)– and on the flip-side make men seem shallow, sex-crazed, and selfish too. Is this really how they think people should act? I guess that’s their idea of the modern, ‘liberated’ woman? If anything, publications like these are just feeding gender stereotypes, and not good ones either. Disgusting…

      I would not show these types of magazines or articles to a young person, girl or boy, not without educating them on how opinionated, misinformative, and harmful they are.

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by 1_artist on July 25, 2012 at 17:55

        Just look at this cover right here, one of the captions says “My husband makes millions from his infidelity website”. Totally shameful, it’s disgusting…

  20. Project Inspired

    Posted by on July 25, 2012 at 11:14

    Thats shocking!!!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by on July 25, 2012 at 11:17

      If u look at it carefully u might notice,but who really would think to do that if. they didn’t know that they had done it

  21. Project Inspired

    Posted by Jadejam on July 25, 2012 at 10:43

    This is absolutely terrible. The magazine staff should be ashamed!

  22. Loving.Lexie

    Posted by Loving.Lexie on July 25, 2012 at 09:41

    I agree with you. It shouldn’t be. It’s ridiculous.

  23. Nellie

    Posted by Nellie on July 25, 2012 at 09:07

    i think that you are right, that this example isn’t the worst thing that could happen, but that it can get worse later! They shouldn’t do that!!

  24. kayla.hb13

    Posted by kayla.hb13 on July 25, 2012 at 08:59

    Terrible! This is a violation to her rights, they can’t do this!

  25. YoucatMarie

    Posted by YoucatMarie on July 24, 2012 at 19:19

    FAKE!!!! Totally fake! What if Dutchess Kate found out? I think she’d be pretty mad and file a lawsuit against MC-SA because they 1., never got her permission to use her in the first place, and 2., like you said, she doesn’t do cover shoots. Bum-bah-BUM!!!!