That’s enough, Adobe.
Following in the theme of art-inspired fashion we’ve seen on the runway and in ad campaigns the last few seasons (Dior and Prada are quite the influencers), Vogue seems to have gone the “artistic interpretation” route for its November cover, featuring a picture of someone or something that vaguely resembles a human being… who vaguely resembles Kate Winslet.
Photographed by Mario Testino and then butchered in post-production, the cover sees the 38-year-old Oscar winner looking glowy, radiant, and eerily inhuman–devoid of wrinkles, crows feet, ear piercings, and sunspots. We can almost hear the instruction that went into the Photoshopping: “Just make sure you leave that tiny mole above her lip–we want to keep her looking relatable!”
Perhaps most amusing of all is the fact that Winslet’s last name is absent from the cover’s copy, apparently putting her amongst the ranks of the Chers, Beyonces, and Madonnas of the world. Either Vogue is of the impression that the actress’s face is so recognizable, it doesn’t warrant a full name to sell magazines–or the editors, themselves, weren’t entirely certain it was Winslet on the cover.
We have to wonder sometimes if these fashion magazines are just pulling our leg. Remember how much scrutiny Sienna Miller‘s “toothy” cover underwent in The September Issue? And given Winslet’s outspokenness regarding an overzealously retouched GQ cover of hers a decade ago, we’re betting this one will be making headlines for a while to come. It’s certainly got us talking, anyway. That Ms. Wintour‘s a smart cookie–may have to file this Photoshop disaster under the ‘any press is good press’ category.