She looked so beautiful in that Sarah Burton dress, but when she appeared on the Grazia commemorative issue, Kate, the new Duchess of Cambridge, looked decidedly slimmer. Grazia denied it had done anything to alter Kate’s figure, which included a miniscule waistline.
But now Grazia have admitted that they did ‘Photoshop’ the image of Kate that they used, although they claim that the slimming of Kate was an inadvertent consequence of the picture manipulation, rather than the actual reason for it.
Confused? Well, it seems that the Groom, Prince William had selfishly been holding Kate by the arm in the original picture, ruining the Grazia cover. Grazia had altered the image, removing Kate’s right arm and creating a mirror image of the left arm. This had caused Kate’s waist to appear slimmer, due to the mirroring effect.
Grazia has said they “would like to reassure all our readers that we did not purposely make any alternations to the Duchess of Cambridge’s image to make her appear slimmer, and we are sorry if this process gave that impression”.
This is just the latest case of photoshopping of celebrities. Kate Winslet, Madonna and Britney Spears have all seen pictures retouched, sometimes without the permission of the celebrities. L’Oreal recently saw trouble over images of the lovely Julia Roberts, whilst Britney famously released a before and after shot to show how subtle the work could be.
I think it is disappointing that Grazia have been caught photoshopping images, particularly of someone as prominent as the Duchess of Cambridge. Kate’s figure has already been under scrutiny due to weight loss, so to create an image making her appear even slimmer is irresponsible. In addition, to not come clean about the issue for four months is unfair to the millions who read the magazine each week.
I left a comment on the Telegraph website today which I will reproduce here. I wrote; “I just hate the cult of photoshopping – the Frankenstein’s monster of photography. Kate doesn’t need tampering with in any way – and that includes giving her two left arms.”
- Grazia admits digital slimming down of Duchess of Cambridge – The Guardian (news.google.com)
- The Duchess of Cambridge – Let’s give Kate a break. (fashion-mommy.com)
- Grazia admits digitally slimming Duchess of Cambridge (guardian.co.uk)