Actress Cate Blanchett appears on the cover of the latest Intelligent Life magazine, and does so without the use of any airbrushing or retouching of the photo.
The 42-year-old actress appears “as-is”, with a few laugh lines here and there and some hairs out of place – still looking as gorgeous as ever.
The decision not to Photoshop Blanchett for the magazine’s cover was a conscious one made by the mag.
Intelligent Life editor Tim de Lisle explains:
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 didn’t just do a shoot with their waxwork.
Cate Blanchett, by contrast, appears on our cover in her working clothes, with the odd line on her face and faint bags under her eyes. She looks like what she is — a woman of 42, spending her days in an office, her evenings on stage and the rest of her time looking after three young children. We can’t be too self-righteous about it, because, like anyone else who puts her on a cover, we are benefiting from her beauty and distinction. But the shot is at least trying to reflect real life. It’s a curious sign of the times that this has become something to shout about.
In fairness, seeing celebrities go un-retouched in magazine isn’t a totally new concept.
Marie Claire featured an un-airbrushed Jessica Simpson on its May 2010 cover, Harper’s Bazaar featured a fairly natural-faced Lady Gaga in a 2011 issue, and Glamour promised to tone down its use of Photoshop.
Make Up Forever even did an entire un-retouched ad campaign.
So what do you think of the Cate Blanchett cover?
Check out more with Blanchett from Inside the Actor’s Studio below.
- Cate Blanchett Shows Us How ‘No Airbrushing’ Is Done On The Cover Of Intelligent Life (thegloss.com)
- Attention-Grabbing Mag Cover Features Gorgeous Cate Blanchett Without Photoshop [Mag Hag] (jezebel.com)
- Cate Blanchett: No Photoshop? No Problem – She Still Looks Amazing! (eonline.com)
- Cate Blanchett Poses For Magazine Cover, Refreshingly Not Photoshopped (inquisitr.com)