I’m sorry, but since when did it become acceptable to bump one person’s face out for another? I know magazines switch bodies and heads quite regularly, but it’s so much creepier when it’s just the face.
It all started when I was flipping through an Australian men’s magazine (don’t ask) and stumbled upon a badly Photoshopped image which on closer inspection was the face of Poh Ling from Masterchef pasted onto the head of a stripper to see what she would look like with implants. WTF?! But it wasn’t until I came across these images from Vogue Nippon (Japanese Vogue) that I realised it had gone too far.
Unlike poor Poh this was a professional job, however, that doesn’t mean I’m going to excuse the fact that they’ve switched out Alessandra Ambrosio’s face for Beyonce’s doe-eyed gaze. I much prefer Alessandra’s shot – the electric blue lips look amazing on her Brazilian skin, which is surprisingly darker than the African American Beyonce. I’ve heard rumours about her allowing her skin tone to be lightened to increase her mass-market appeal, but this is ridiculous. If they wanted Beyonce for the cover, why didn’t they just shoot her? And it’s not like Alessandra is just some unknown. Last year Forbes ranked her number six in the World’s Top 10 Highest Earning Models with an annual income of $5.5 million, so I can’t imagine her or her people were too happy about this. Oh to be a fly on the wall when each of the girls saw this cover.