She is the most wanted cover girl by all fashion magazines everywhere and she’s very hard to get… so just how did Marie Claire South Africa scoop up the Duchess of Cambridge?
In truth, they actually didn’t!
However – they were not to be deterred by the lack of royal flesh and blood with the fashion sense of every high end model everywhere – the art department set to work on the next best thing.
What they came up with was a sort of Frankinstein’s monster cover which features the head of the Duchess and the body of a random fashion model wearing a rather colourful creation by a local designer called Clive Rundle.
Aspasia Karras explains that they were “so inspired by the fairytale wedding and her life as a modern-day princess that we elected Kate as our cover star for the August issue. The cover is actually a hyper-real illustration of Kate which is meant to be a fan art tribute to fashion’s new royal icon.”
So far reactions to the cover have been very mixed. My personal view is that if you can’t get the model then you for sure do not photoshop them and you definitely do not put their head on someone else’s body.
One lady called “Sue” complains “So she didn’t actually pose for the cover? How is this a good thing? Aren’t you cheating your readers as well as your cover subject?” Meanwhile “Samina” simply points out “That’s not weird at all….”
This is not the first time the Duchess has fallen foul of photo-shoppers (and unfortunately probably won’t be the last). After their fairy tale wedding the UK Grazia magazine cut out Prince William from the cover shot and in the process took off around 6 inches from the Duchess’s waist.
As of yet there is no word from Kate on what she thinks of the cover however Clive Rundle is sure to be over the moon; the South African designer is unlikely to see one of his creations on the Duchess in real life as she famously only wears mostly British labels.