Waiting in line at the supermarket this week I noticed something really interesting. Here’s a clue:
If you are looking at this and saying yeah so what they are magazines (and that is so not interesting) then let me spell it out for you….they are rival magazines with the exact same cover photo of the darling little prince. EXACT SAME PHOTO.
Now I don’t know the exact number of photos that were taken of this blessed event but I’m going to hazard a guess and say oh around 43 714. The fact they both chose the same one for the cover, well that’s just a wee bit funny. But wait, that’s not the interesting part.
The line at the supermarket was long so I stared at these mags for longer than I might have normally. And this got my brain ticking over. Here’s what happened:
Gee I wonder whose head at Woman’s Day is going to roll for chopping off the Princess’s head?
Hang on, they are the same picture but they aren’t the same picture. The colouring is completely different.
Oh and on the New Idea cover they have pinked up the princess’s lips and cheeks. OMG it’s doctored!
<picks up magazines> Wow they really are different colours. And holy mother of god, how much make up is she wearing???
Aha, aha. Are you with me now? Where to start?
First of all thanks very much New Idea for colouring in Kate’s face. Because she didn’t look nice enough in her natural colours. Pinking her cheeks and lips looks much nicer. What a dick move. Woman’s Day might have chopped off her head but at least they have resisted the urge to drastically edit her colouring.
Secondly, Kate is wearing a huge amount of make up. Huge. It’s a real cake layer. I’ve tried enhancing the pic here for you but the quality isn’t great.
Trust me though, when you pick up that magazine and have a look there is no mistaking the cake layer on her face.
Now I’m not here to diss the princess, not at all (yes I know she’s a duchess, not a princess but I don’t get it AT ALL). That’s not the point of this post.
My point is this: your perception isn’t necessarily the reality.
When I saw Kate step out with the baby last week I thought she looked so natural and radiant. Sure I knew she’d had a blow wave and was wearing a bit of make up but I thought it was more like a light layer. The glow, I thought, was all her. But it wasn’t. She was wearing a truckload of makeup and I can only assume that it was because she was looking a little worse for wear after labouring all day the day before and squeezing a little human out of her vag.
She also seems to have little bags under her eyes. Probably because she is tired. Like every other new mother I know.
Well Hallelujah! The princess is normal, just like me. And you. And every other woman out there too.
So if you are feeling bad looking at Kate because you don’t think you could pull that look off right after the birth of your little one then think again. If you had a make up artist and a truckload of makeup on your face then you too could look like this. But do you want to?
I actually felt a bit sorry for Kate as imagine having a newborn to look after and having to spend half an hour in the bathroom getting that muck off your face when what you really want to be doing is resting before you have to put another cracked nipple into your offspring’s mouth. It’s full on. So I say three cheers to her that she was as graceful and as engaged as she was at the little prince’s introduction.
Now if all that doesn’t make you feel better then this pic of me the day my son was born certainly should. This was about 9 hours after he arrived. I bet you looked better than that. And as an aside, doesn’t my mum look just fabulous in the pic?! She has that new grandparent glow.