Reese Witherspoon calls out her and Oprah Winfrey's Photoshop fails on Vanity Fair cover
Celebrities look amazing on magazine covers, but we all know they get help from Photoshop. And who can blame them? If I were posing for the cover of a magazine - let's say Poor Writer Weekly - I'd want someone to use Photoshop to smooth out my wrinkles, brighten my teeth and hide my tail. (I was born with it but society isn't ready to accept me yet.) And I'm sure you'd make the same decision. In fact, with today's apps, it's never been easier to doctor your photos and make yourself look as perfect as celebrities.
But it's not just about looking flawless. Sometimes people use Photoshop to make more drastic changes, like shifting the position of arm or a leg or an entire person in a group photo. Graphic artists do this digital wizardry all the time and you never notice. But for the cover of this month's Vanity Fair, somebody screwed up big-time, and everybody noticed. Can you spot the Photoshop fails? If you can, you should apply to work as a graphic artist at Vanity Fair, because I'm sure a position just opened up.
The picture was taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair's annual Hollywood portfolio issue. In the photo, twelve celebrities are dressed to kill in glamorous evening gowns and suity suits. (Not sure how to describe suits.) It's some of the most powerful people in Hollywood, mixed with up-and-coming fresh faces: Jessica Chastain, Robert De Niro, Oprah Winfrey, Harrison Ford, Michael B. Jordan, Zendaya, Michael Shannon, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Gal Gadot, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman.
However, it didn't take people long to discover that in the photo, Reese Witherspoon appears to have three legs. Has the star of Big Little Lies been keeping a big little lie for all these years - that she really a tri-ped? It must be really hard to buy pants.
Another person pointed out that Oprah has three hands. You get a hand! And you get a hand! And you get a hand! Forget being the first female president - Oprah's going to be the first three-handed president.
The Photoshop fail is not even contained to one photo. It's also in a different, close-up photo of Oprah and Reese. So, this three hands thing is definitely true. Also, I like that Reese is sitting on Oprah's lap, like she's Santa Claus. Maybe everyone in the room took turns sitting on Oprah's lap, and asking for presents.
Ol' Tripod herself, Reese Witherspoon, responded to the controversy on Twitter."Well, I guess everybody knows now, " joked the Legally Blonde star. "I have 3 legs. I hope you can still accept me for who I am." We can, Reese, and hopefully Hollywood will become more diverse and add more three-handed characters in movies in TV shows.
Oprah replied to Reese, tweeting, "I accept your 3d leg. As I know you accept my 3d hand." Why did Oprah write "3d" instead of "third"? Because she's too busy to write out complete words. Smtms u hv 2 abbrevi8.
Vanity Fair responded to the brouhaha on Twitter, explaining that Reese's "third leg" is actually "just the lining of her dress." However, Oprah's third hand is definitely a Photoshop fail. "How can we expect her to juggle it all with just two hands?" joked Vanity Fair on Twitter. Hey, at least they have a sense of humor about it. Since this tweet, the error has been corrected online. I tried to figure out if the error was in their physical magazine, but everybody I asked said, "What's a magazine?"
By the way, in case you don't recognize that old dude in the photo next to Robert De Niro, that's journalist Graydon Carter. He started the tradition of Hollywood portfolio issue, which has been a thing for 25 years. Since he's leaving Vanity Fair, they had him the cover, too, as a tribute to his contributions. Let's give him a hand.