Kate Middleton Photoshopped for Marie Claire South Africa

Now this is disappointing. After recently being subjected to some crafty airbrushing which saw her grace the cover of a US political magazine with rotting teeth, Kate Middleton has undergone the Photoshop treatment once again. The Duchess of Cambridge's image has been manipulated for the August cover of Marie Claire South Africa magazine. It seems the art team over at the glossy has been busy fusing Catherine's head onto the body of someone else dressed in a tribal-style ensemble by South African designer, Clive Rundle.

"We were so inspired by her fairytale wedding and her life as a modern-day princess, which is why we elected Kate Middleton as our cover star for the August issue," said editor, Aspasia Karras, "The cover is actually a hyper-real illustration of Kate, meant to be a fan art tribute to fashion's new royal icon."

Next to the Photoshopped image is the headline 'Fashion's new royal icon wears SA's best local designers*'. However at the bottom of the cover the disclaimer reads: '*Of course she doesn't. But she should."

So far the response from the public to the cover has been split. It does seem to fly in the face of the fashion magazine industry's aim to try and reduce the amount of photo manipulation within their publications. It also comes just days after the Duchess' teeth were Photoshopped to make them appear yellow and decaying for the cover of The New Republic magazine. The digitally altered image sparked outrage with one commenter calling it a "cheap shot."

What are your thoughts on the Duchess of Cambridge's image being continually Photoshopped in order to sell magazines? We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

[Source: Telegraph]