I honestly don’t know why we just don’t have drawings of people on covers and dispense with the fiction that these “photographs” are supposed to be of a real person. Take this photo:
Even someone with an unskilled eye, like myself, can see the (bad) photoshopping here. And W is no small time magazine. They must have a big staff and no doubt more than one person gets to critique the cover before it gets printed. Sad.
A more thorough / brutal criticism of this hack job can be found here: Was Demi Moore Ralph-Laurenized on “W” mag cover, with missing hip-flesh? – Boing Boing. I hope the original photo surfaces.
BTW, I love how “Ralph Lauren” is now a verb, and not a good one, either. Serves him right.