Friday, September 21, 2012

Kate Middleton is pregnant: Claims Star Magazine

Kate Middleton is pregnant, according to Star Magazine. While the duchess's topless to-do has mercifully been, so far, solely Eurocentric, this week American tabloids are getting into the game, as Star in particular is trying to cash in on Middleton mania thunder by running a cover shot of Prince William's wife with a slightly rounded belly and the headline, "It's Twins!".

Also, its Star Magazine. Given that Kate will one day (hopefully) produce the next heir(ess) of the British royal family, there will always be speculation and gossip and it's all fun.

Photoshopping a baby bump onto Kate Middleton pictures, though? That's gotta be a new, shameless low, even by their immeasurably low standards.

The profile of Kate they used to seemingly back their pregnancy claim bears little resemblance to other actual shots taken of Kate from the same event. Photoshopping a cover? Really, Star, it's like you're not even trying.

The shot was taken of the Duchess of Cambridge while she attended a gala dinner in Singapore during the first days of her just-completed Diamond Jubilee trip of the South Pacific and shows her in a slim-fitting Prabal Gurung floral dress holding the glass of water (not wine) that sparked, albeit briefly, a global bumpwatch.

As you can see, Star's BOMBSHELL photo appeared with the headline: “It’s Twins” It’s not. Nor was it the last time this celeb "news" magazine tried to make it so.

For whatever reason, the magazine erased her ring from the cover in addition to altering the shape of her abdominal region. No idea why that was necessary.

Aside from the good old naked-eye technique, several overlay composites have been made of the images (this is serious business, people), and show a definite extra protruberance in the cover shot compared with the one it was taken from. Also, the heavy-handed alleged Photoshopper seems to have taken a few liberties during the process, and inadvertently erased Kate's clearly visible and rather large cocktail ring from the final image.

For some reason, they also saw fit to change the angle of her arm and the width of her hand, and removed the shoulder and wine glass of Singapore's first lady Mary Tan, to whom she was speaking in the original shot, altogether.

At least they've tried to capitalize on the Kate Middleton topless scandal, teasing pics that aren't inside. Well done all around! What will they come up with next week?

In any case, it's not the first time Star has fallen foul of the royal couple. Last week, the magazine ran another "Kate's pregnant" themed cover, pointing to the nonexistent expansion of her tiny waistline, something which caught both the eye and ire of Demi Lovato.

"So apparently Kate Middleton (William?) is pregnant because of THIS picture...Are you KIDDING ME?!!" she tweeted, linking to the magazine's cover. "Shame on you Star magazine."

We can only imagine, but one thing's for sure: It won't be accurate. In the least.

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