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Complainant Name:
Edward Hellewell

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Grazia


Edward Hellewell complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the magazine had published an image on the front page of the Duchess of Cambridge in her wedding dress, in which she appeared to have been made to look thinner.


The magazine explained how the image had been altered to remove the arm of Prince William so that the Duchess could be featured on the cover alone. This involved mirroring one of the Duchess's arms and an inadvertent result of the change was the slimming of her waist. The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following statement in the magazine:

Following a letter received from a Mr H about our royal wedding issue, Grazia magazine would like to clarify the process that led to our final cover image of the Duchess of Cambridge. We wanted a great image of the Duchess on her own, but all the photographs had the Duke in too. So we asked our reproduction house to remove him from the picture (common practice among glossy magazines). This would have left the Duchess with only one arm, so they copied over her arm to complete the picture. We would like to reassure all our readers that we did not purposely make any alterations to the Duchess of Cambridge's image to make her appear slimmer, and we are sorry if this process gave that impression. Grazia takes the issue of women's body image very seriously and we would never 'slim down' a picture of a female role model.

Date Published: 12/08/2011

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