NEW YORK — Glenda Bailey, editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar, firmly denied a WWD report Wednesday that the magazine had super-imposed actress Kate Winslet’s head onto another person’s body on its January cover.
“That is Kate Winslet’s body,” Bailey said. “We changed the color of the background from white to gold.” She went on to label the WWD story “ridiculous.”
Winslet’s representative, PMK’s Robert Garlock, said, “It is definitely Kate Winslet’s body. She was very pleased with the shoot and with the cover.”
WWD contacted an HB spokesman after two sources at the magazine said Bailey had ordered reshoots of the cover with fashion director Mary Alice Stephenson standing in for Winslet. The sources claimed that Winslet’s face and hair had been digitally grafted onto Stephenson’s torso.
The spokesman lightheartedly addressed the allegation. He explained that Winslet had originally been shot against a white background, but Bailey, wanting a gold one, had Stephenson stand in for the actress. On Tuesday, he did not deny that the images had been merged. He ended the conversation with a joke about shooting Bailey’s legs for the magazine’s May cover.
But on Wednesday the spokesman said he had been misunderstood and pointed out that Stephenson had merely stood in for lighting tests so Winslet’s complete image could be digitally added to the gold-flecked cover.
Speculation about the Winslet Bazaar cover surfaced days after British GQ confessed slimming down the actress on its February cover.
This story first appeared in the January 16, 2003 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.