By now we all know the deal with celebrity magazine covers: what you’re seeing isn’t quite the same as reality. Thanks to the magic of photoshop,
some guy with a computer an editor is able to brush away the imperfections to make the celeb look as good as possible.
The trick though is to avoid making it look COMPLETELY FREAKIN’ OBVIOUS, like in this bafflingly bad cover of the Chinese edition of Harper’s:
I mean, look at her face – unless she’s done something crazy there’s now way she looks like that (unless, of course, she really is an alien, in which case this is really good photoshopping, and all her other covers have been bad photoshopping).
On the plus side, Harper’s has gotten plenty of free buzz on the internet (the ‘net loves a good fail), but probably not the good type.