Grazia Magazine Admit to Slimming Down Kate Middleton’s Waistline on Their Royal Wedding Cover

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Back in May we brought you the news that popular fashion weekly, Grazia, had been accused of retouching Kate Middleton’s waistline in the image they chose for their Royal Wedding special issue.

The magazine front-cover featured a gorgeous picture of the Duchess of Cambridge for their Royal Wedding special, but after the issue was released, people started to question just how thin Kate’s waistline looked in the image. Looking at the image, it seemed that her waistline didn’t quite match up with the line of the skirt, causing many to accuse the magazine of retouching the Princess to make her look thinner.

Of course this was hugely denied by the magazine and the powers that be, issuing this statement: “Grazia takes the issue of women’s body image very seriously. No changes whatsoever were made to the image of the Duchess with the purpose or effect of making her appear slimmer. We removed the Duke, and the Duchess’ arm was adapted to complete the cover image. ‘Sharp-eyed readers will also have noted that she didn’t leave the Abbey with a full-length Union flag behind her. This is a deliberately stylised cover – but there were no alterations made at all to make her look slimmer.”

However, after official complaints were made to the Press Complaints Commission, the publication was forced to come clean and admitted that the image had been retouched. The photoshopping mistake was caused when her right arm in the original image was replaced with a mirror image of her left arm, one that didn’t include Prince William’s hand on it, and this subsequently led to the Princess’ waistline being reduced.

In a statement, the Press Complaints Commission said: “The magazine explained how the image had been altered to remove the arm of Prince William so that the duchess could be featured on the cover alone. This involved mirroring one of the duchess’s arms and an inadvertent result of the change was the slimming of her waist.”

Grazia magazine said in a seperate statement that they “would like to reassure all our readers that we did not purposely make any alternations to the Duchess of Cambridge’s image to make her appear slimmer, and we are sorry if this process gave that impression”.

What do you think of Kate being slimmed down for the magazine’s front cover? Personally we think Kate doesn’t need any retouching at all, but are glad that Grazia have admitted to the mistake, hopefully this will teach them a lesson in future!

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