Fake Kate

I bought the Marie Claire this weekend, partly because shiny shiny magazine that I can’t say no to, and partly because Kate Middleton is on the cover. I flipped through it and enjoyed it’s shininess, and then I went on Twitter..

And found out that people are raging because Marie Claire never really did a shoot with Kate. They put Photoshopped “Fan Art Tribute” pictures in the magazine, using images of her like a cut-out dress-up doll for South African designers. Which, cool idea, but no. Fun if she did it or agreed to it, but now it just feels, no.

Marie Claire writer, Marisa Crous, defends the piece saying:

“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, but upon closer inspection, the cover is — much like her life — more fantasy than reality. The cover is actually a hyper-real illustration of Kate, meant to be a fan art tribute to fashion’s new royal icon.”

I can’t decide if it was brilliant or stupid. It’s no-doubt been good for getting their name out. Fashion sites allll over the world, including the big ones, are talking about this “royal trickery” as The Great Kate Debate. Marie Claire SA is loving it though, and has released their own statement about it, encouraging readers to tweet their views with the hashtag #MCKate

As cool as it is, I’d prefer it as a clever school assignment or an art exhibition questioning the media. This doesn’t feel classy or shiny or Marie Claire at all.

What do you think?



Andrea Joseph
About Andrea Joseph
Andrea grew up reading fairytales and fashion magazines, and happens to believe that perfect moments are more likely to happen when she’s wearing a high-waisted skirt. She loves to watch the sunrise, and always wishes on the first star she sees. Her vision is to help readers embrace the potential for beauty in every moment -be it in that perfect shoe, or most delicious smoothie. This, she holds, brings out the best kind of joy and freedom – and empowerment.
  • Anonymous

    Marisa Crous was not inspired by Kate Middleton’s “fantasy” wedding, she was inspired by her own laziness & outright deception at thinking she could get away with publishing a magazine with a phoney cover & phoney content.

    Marie Claire magazine elsewhere will suffer from Marisa Crouse’s stupidity.  Stealing & photoshopping Ms. Middletons face onto an unatractive models bodies without her permission, is unprofessional & in many places, against the law. It also portrays Marisa Crous & whomever else had a part in this deception, as ignorant simpletons. It’s too bad Ms. Middleton is in a postion where she cannot sue.  If it were anyone else, Marisa Crous & staff, would find themselves in court rather quickly.  

    Because of Marie Claire SAs deceptive cover, we have cancelled our long time subscription to MC magazine. We refuse to support a magazine that may or may not use real content.  If deception can be done so easily in MC, SA, it can be done just as easily in MC magazine elsewhere. 
     When magazine editors become so disconected to thier readers, they think duping readers with a phoney cover & content, is okay, there is something wrong. The magazine is no longer a magazine to respect, it has become a sleezy tabloid, not fit to read, or buy.

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