Cate Blanchett looks refreshingly realistic on the cover of the March/April 2012 issue of Intelligent Life. No post-production retouching was done to the image for print; Tim de Lisle used the space in his editor’s letter to explain the choice:
She looks like what she is—a woman of 42, spending her days in an office, her evenings on stage and the rest of her time looking after three young children. We can’t be too self-righteous about it, because, like anyone else who puts her on a cover, we are benefiting from her beauty and distinction. But the shot is at least trying to reflect real life. It’s a curious sign of the times that this has become something to shout about.
In the accompanying feature, Blanchett discussed the theatre she runs in Sydney with her husband and why she chose to exit Hollywood at the height of her career to head back to her homeland. “It’s important to dislocate yourself, to go outside your comfort zone, which includes coming back,” she said.
What do you think of Cate Blanchett’s Photoshop-free cover? Should more magazines follow suit?