Vanity Fair issues bizarre response to Reese Witherspoon photoshop covershoot fail
Our modern society places a high premium upon physical beauty.
Whether through the covers of glossy magazines or the carefully curated and filtered corridors of Instagram, we confronted with visions of beauty and paradigms of physical perfection seemingly wherever we look.
Of course, there are certain things we can do in our own lives in the vain pursuit of such effervescent perfection; we can buy the teeth whitening kits so smugly pushed on the pages of dazzling 'influencers', perhaps we could stagger, exhausted, to the gym five times a week and eat a depressingly 'clean' diet consisting of little other than lettuce and occasional salmon fillet.
In actuality, though, most of us have neither the time nor the inclination to pursue such ideals in vain. After all, the stunningly beautiful images of perfection to which we so haplessly aspire have other factors working in their favour that are beyond our control; genetics, for one, but also camera angles, lighting and - whisper it - Photoshop.
Photoshop, though, is very much a two way street, as Vanity Fair found out to their cost recently.
A piece entitled "The 2018 Vanity Fair Hollywood Portfolio: 12 Extraordinary Stars, One Momentous Year" had accrued an impressive array of talent to assemble for the all important cover shot; Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Tom Hanks among them.age for their 'Hollywood' edition. There were problems, though. Chiefly, the troubling fact that Reese Witherspoon had one too many legs - three, to be precise - and, oh, the equally bizarre image of Oprah Winfrey with three hands, when most of us are used to seeing her with a mere two.
Clearly, something had gone badly wrong in what we might dub the 'touching up' process of the cover shoot.
Thankfully, Reese Witherspoon appeared to see the funny side of the debacle, posting on Twitter;
"Well...I guess everybody knows now...I have 3 legs. I hope you can still accept me for who I am. ( and I will never apologize for snuggling @Oprah .. if you get the opportunity, I highly recommend it"
So that was that, and now all anyone was waiting for was Vanity Fair's admission that something had gone a little awry. Then, at last, we could all move on with our lives.
Except, they didn't quite do that, writing on Twitter;
"While we would have loved the exclusive on @RWitherspoon's three legs, unfortunately it's just the lining of her dress."
Unfortunately, though, no-one was buying that explanation. Not for one second:
What do you think? Has Vanity Fair got a point? Were we all duped into believing that they had provided Witherspoon with an extra limb when in actual fact it was merely the cut of her dress? And what about Oprah's extra hand? Are we just supposed to forget that ever happened. Well, no, thankfully;
The saga continues.