When other magazines photograph actresses, they routinely end up running heavily Photoshopped images, with every last wrinkle expunged. Their skin is rendered so improbably smooth that, with the biggest stars, you wonder why the photographer didnít just do a shoot with their waxwork.
Itís a supreme example of having it both ways. Publishers want a recognisable person on the cover, with a real career; but they also want an empty vesselófor clothes and jewellery and make-up, which often seem to be supplied by the advertisers with the most muscle. (One cover shoot we spotted this week even had a credit for a fragrance. You would hope that the readers smelt a rat.) The actresses end up playing two conflicting roles: both modern women and throwbacks, both something to aspire to and something to negate.
óTim de Lisle is editor of Intelligent Life
Cate Blanchett 'Intelligent Life' Cover Is Pleasantly Un-Photoshopped (PHOTO)