Back in May, British glossy-cum-tabloid magazine Grazia swore they never digitally altered the image of Kate Middleton they used on their Royal Wedding cover. In fact, they specifically told our friends over at The Huffington Post, “Grazia did not make any changes to the image of the Duchess of Cambridge to make her look or appear slimmer than she is.” Too bad the British Press Complaints Commission just made them eat a whole lot of crow.
According to The Guardian, after investigating a complaint regarding the accuracy of the image, the PCC discovered Grazia had indeed photoshopped the cover and forced them to ‘fess up. Grazia’s official statement is below:
Following a letter received from a Mr H about our royal wedding issue, Grazia magazine would like to clarify the process that led to our final cover image of the Duchess of Cambridge. We wanted a great image of the Duchess on her own, but all the photographs had the Duke in too. So we asked our reproduction house to remove him from the picture (common practice among glossy magazines). This would have left the Duchess with only one arm, so they copied over her arm to complete the picture. We would like to reassure all our readers that we did not purposely make any alterations to the Duchess of Cambridge’s image to make her appear slimmer, and we are sorry if this process gave that impression. Grazia takes the issue of women’s body image very seriously and we would never ‘slim down’ a picture of a female role model.
It’s a nice try, but as Jezebel points out, Grazia’s Australian edition managed to cut Prince William out of their cover without surgically removing any of Middleton’s ribs. At the time, the magazine told Jezebel, “Grazia prides itself on being a publication that champions women and women’s bodies, and we have no reason to make Catherine Middleton appear thinner.”
Which is true: they had no reason to make Catherine Middleton appear thinner. But that didn’t stop them from doign it anyway.