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?

    T.M. Gaouette
    T.M. Gaouette is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, blogger and fiction novelist. She was born in Africa, brought up in London and is now living in New England with her husband and four children. Devoted to Him, Gaouette is dedicated to glorifying God through her stories for teens and young adults. T.M. Gaouette is the author of "The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch" and "Freeing Tanner Rose," Christian novels for teens and young adults. She's currently working on completing her upcoming novel -visit for more on her Christian fiction work. Connect with her on and .


    1. 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!!!!

      • 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.

        • 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…

    2. 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.

    3. 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. :/

    4. 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.

    5. 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

    6. 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!

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