However, the question is how Marie Claire managed to talk the future Queen of England into posing for the magazine, considering she had refused to pose for the prestigious Vogue magazine last year?
Even Anna Wintour could not convince the Duchess to grace the Cover of Vogue, thanks to the ironclad diktat of the royal family, writes All Voices.
Actually, Middleton didn’t agree to pose for Marie Claire magazine’s front page. The cover photo is a Photoshopped masterpiece. As Marie Claire writer, Marisa Crous herself said it is an “A fan art tribute”.
Marie Claire’s team came up with the idea of doctoring up a very true-to-life “hyper-real illustration” of Kate wearing a dress by South African designer Clive Rundle for their August cover.
Inside the issue, five local illustrators dressed Catherine up in designs from local designers; on the cover, she “wears” a multi-print dress, reports The Huff Post.
The August MC issue ran a tantalizing headline: “Fashion’s new royal icon wears SA’s best local designers*” and a disclaimer: “*Of course she doesn’t. But she should.”
Aspasia Karras, editor of MC said: “Kate Middleton is, without a doubt, the world’s new style icon…. We have honored her with a fan-art tribute, dressing her up in clothes by South African designers and placing her in all sorts of fun, everyday situations.”
She went on and explained: “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.”
“The cover is actually a hyper-real illustration of Kate, meant to be a fan art tribute to fashion’s new royal icon,” she added.
However, there were a lot of people who fell for the fake future Queen of England. Reaction to the cover has so far been mixed.
“So she didn’t actually pose for the cover? How is that a good thing? Aren’t you cheating your readers as well as your cover subject?” wondered one user. “That’s not weird at all…”.
A reader on Marie Claire’s website wrote: “I’m not really a fan of this idea. Will not be buying this magazine!”
A few questioned in anger, “She didn’t actually pose for the cover? How is that a good thing? Aren’t you cheating your readers as well as your cover subject?”
Tigger Too of Lexington, US commented on the photoshopped picture of the princess: “… but now crap about Kate Middleton is coming out of the woodwork.”
Stacy Korn of Sunnyvale, US wrote: “Most of these photos are squished” Said Colin from London, UK: “Is the news so bad you have to print this rubbish?”
It’s not the first time for the Duchess of Cambridge to become heavy-handed Photo-choppers. Soon after the royal wedding, UK Grazia magazine cut Prince William out of their cover shot and took about 15cm off the Duchess’s waist in the process.
In 2010, a royal spokesman explained, “Both William and Kate feel it would be wrong for Kate to promote herself as a fashion or style icon. That’s not what they are about and they take their royal duties far too seriously to, in one sense, trivialize them”.