After months of denying any alterations to the photo, Grazia finally admitted that the too-skinny result was a Photoshop accident. The magazine defended itself, saying there were no solo images of Kate leaving Westminster Abbey in her Alexander McQueen gown so a photo of the new couple had to be altered. Grazia editors photoshopped Prince William out of the photo, forcing them to copy over another arm for her and inadvertently making her appear smaller.
“[Grazia] 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,” an apology statement read in the magazine.
However, readers were not satisfied. Many complained the magazine was trying to perfect the already extremely thin Kate Middleton which reinforces negative body image issues for women.
“Grazia takes the issue of women’s body image very seriously. No changes whatsoever were made to the image of the Duchess with the purpose or effect of making her appear slimmer,” Grazia wrote in a statement.
But Kate Middleton’s body has often been the subject of magazine and paparazzi attention. Before the royal wedding, naturally thin Kate started slimming down for her big day and the anorexic, bulimic, and disordered eating rumors soon circulated around tabloids and entertainment television stations. She’s also been seen on pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia websites to serve as thinspiration for sick girls.
While Kate deals with her new position as a positive body image role model to girls and women everywhere, the paparazzi and media undoubtedly will continue to attack claiming that she is either too small or not small enough.
Via Daily Mail
August 22nd, 2011