A fake Kate Middleton adorns the cover of the latest issue of Marie Claire South Africa and, while the photo of the Duchess of Cambridge is not real, a writer for the style magazine states it is considered “fan art.”
The Examiner reports that Marie Claire South Africa editor, Aspasia Karras, stated:
“We were so inspired by her fairytale wedding and her life as a modern-day princess, which is why we elected Kate Middleton as our cover star for the August issue but upon closer inspection, the cover is — much like her life — more fantasy than reality. The cover is actually a hyper-real illustration of Kate, meant to be a fan art tribute to fashion’s new royal icon.”
The only problem with the cover, which first surfaced in mid-June? The Duchess and wife of Prince William never agreed to be on the cover of the magazine (real or fake), and also does not want to be promoted as a style icon. Her image, and that of her husband, does not allow for either of them to pose for a magazine photo shoot, whether they are real or fake.
“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.'”
While Kate Middleton has been the subject of poor photoshopping before, the new image could possibly take the cake. The Global Post reports that women’s fashion magazines have been approaching Middleton with the possibility of a cover shoot ever since she became engaged to Prince William. While she has not said yes to any of them so far, it is believed that Anna Wintor, the editor of Vogue, will probably be the first to score the coveted interview.
Do you think it is right for Marie Claire South Africa to put a fake Kate Middleton on the cover of their magazine?
Check out a full picture of the cover below: