Duchess of Cambridge photoshopped on the cover of Marie Claire South Africa
She's the cover girl they all wanted, so how exactly did ‘Marie Claire’ South Africa scoop Anna Wintour to the sitting the century: the Duchess of Cambridge?
Well they obviously didn't did they? But not to be deterred by the absence of a flesh and blood royal subject to shoot, the art department got to work on the next best thing: a Frankenstein cover featuring the head and hands of Kate, stitched onto the body of a fashion model wearing a 'colourful' creation by local designer, Clive Rundle.
"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," explains editor, Aspasia Karras, "The cover is
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?" complains Sue, while Samina points out "That's not weird at all…"
It's not the first time Kate has fallen foul of heavy-handed Photo-choppers. After her wedding, UK ‘Grazia’ magazine cut Prince William out of their cover shot and took about 6 inches off the Duchess's waist in the process.
No word from Kate on what she makes of the cover, but one person is sure to be over the moon: Clive Rundle. The South African designer is unlikely to ever see one of his creations on the Duchess in real life - she famously wears mostly British labels and is not, as far as we are aware, partial to a tattoo-effect sleeve - so this is definitely one for the Rundle family scrap book.
Besides the unlikely dress choice, there is one other cover clue to the truth behind the image: 'Fashion's new royal icon wears SA's best local designers*' it reads.
Then below: '*Of course she doesn't. But she should."
Perhaps that's one decision best left to the Duchess...