Magazine fakes K-Midd cover

21:25, Jul 23 2012
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COVER GIRL: The August cover of Marie Claire South Africa.

A South African magazine has scored the cover coup every other glossy title wants, by getting the Duchess of Cambridge to strike a pose wearing African designer clothing.

But it turns out that the August edition of Marie Claire South Africa is not all that it seems to be - a closer look reveals an illustrator and a real-life model (not Kate Middleton) were used to create the shot.

The cover claims Kate wears South Africa's ''best local designs'' only to acknowledge in the small print that ''of course she doesn't. But she should.''

Some readers on the magazine's website described the cover as ''misleading'' but others thought it was ''pure genius''.

Editor Aspasia Karras says the cover was meant to be a playful tribute harking back to the covers of the 1940s and '50s.

It's not the first time the Duchess has been photoshopped to suit a magazine cover. Last August the UK edition of Grazia admitted it digitally altered an image of her in her wedding dress, slimming down her waist.

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