Often fashion magazine covers promote such an unattainable body image, with all that makeup and photoshop—it’s ridiculous how they push women to live up to them. Vanity Fair went a bit too far earlier this year, albeit by accident. In the zine’s Oscars cover from earlier this year, actress Reese Witherspoon’s third leg finally made a public appearance, along with famous talk show host Oprah Winfrey’s third hand in another photo.
Vanity Fair’s latest cover revealed @RWitherspoon have a secret third leg. In a different image, which has now been removed from Vanity Fair’s website, @Oprah appears to have a third hand. https://t.co/hHmRKQtL3B | @BBCWorld pic.twitter.com/rbhUejqyQH
— Adib Hidayat (@AdibHidayat) January 27, 2018
Well, that was undeniably a ginormous debacle. Vanity Fair must have been especially delighted when people finally stopped mocking their gaffe and moved on; until GQ came along.
In its latest “comedy issue” cover, featuring Saturday Night Live‘s Kate McKinnon, comedian Sarah Silverman and actress Issa Rae, GQ made a mockery of its rival’s blunder. Well, both magazines are owned by the same company, Conde Nast, so I’m guessing it’s all chill?
Adding extra, oddly-positioned limbs, GQ‘s latest cover had a total of 16 (at least, that’s how many we could spot) appendages shared between three women.
— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) May 17, 2018
But GQ did not let the humour train at the cover. No. They also released a statement, apologising to the actresses. The statement read, “GQ would like to apologize to Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, and Sarah Silverman for the egregious mistakes made in the process of creating the cover for our 2018 comedy issue.”
“We deeply regret that the results violated GQ’s rigorous standards of editorial excellence and the laws of nature,” it added.
The joke wasn’t as obvious to some people:
Either you gals are super stretchy or there is some trickery going on here. #comedy
— Gregg Pettine (@greggpettine) May 19, 2018
Too much extra hands. And that one leg. Really?!
— Elektra Pop (@cradburybarlie) May 18, 2018
So we just going to ignore the extra leg right?
— Jason Clark-Fox (@baby_face_alpha) May 18, 2018
But mostly, everyone was just pleasantly amused:
I won’t lie, it took me a second to get it, but this whole thing is pretty great https://t.co/h7Dz5rZN5U
— Charlotte Wilder (@TheWilderThings) May 17, 2018
love the concept, the hand under the platform is killing me pic.twitter.com/afx4TfSrRx
— KimKanyeKimYe (@KimKanyeKimYeFC) May 17, 2018
Wait a minute!! How did Kate get her leg contorted like that, or are you folks up to Photoshop tomfoolery again? No way I can unsee that!
ps: I totally see what you folks did there
— Derek Smart (@dsmart) May 17, 2018
— me (@mistererickson) May 17, 2018
GQ, trolling @VanityFair so hard.
— Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) May 17, 2018