Many may say that yesterday was, without a doubt, a sad day for black women and young girls around the country. “Body shaming”, “cellulite exposing”, and “heavy photoshop justifying” were the order of the day, after Lerato Kganyago got into a Twar with True Love magazine over her heavily edited cover photo on the latest issue of the women’s magazine.
Bonang Matheba was livid, Nomzamo Mbatha heavy hearted and Terry Pheto sympathetic; True Love on the other hand pulled out all the ugly punches and released LKG’s unedited photos from the edition’s photoshoot – all in the name of “putting Lerato’s comments in perspective and giving the public a full picture” (of what they had to work with, in essence).
This got many people talking and thinking about the magazine’s supposed over usage of this enhancement design tool. The uproar also got us thinking; True Love has, in the past, raised many eyebrows with its inconsistently enhanced cover stars. This month, the public is given a cover star that conjures up Donatella Versace; next month we have an unnatural celebrity contortionist, and the next we get to enjoy a perfectly flawless cover star.
So we decided to go back to previous TL covers and analyse some of the magazine’s cover flops and those we thought were well executed. A few have been discreetly controversial, while others were tasteful and beautifully done. Judge for yourself!
This is the cover that started it all. Readers criticised True Love, albeit on the down low, with many not being happy with Khanyi Mbau’s distorted look on the cover. Khanyi is a beautiful woman but this cover definitely masked her beauty.
Although this cover of Bassie looks beautiful, the pose did not look comfortable and seemed a bit too much! What do you think?
Boity looks gorgeous and absolutely flawless on this cover! But she is a tad bit too flawless here, don’t you think?! The “exotic look” highlighting and correcting went awry on this one.
Connie Ferguson is breathtaking on this cover. You just can’t fault it! Great job to the TL team! We reckon that this is where the editing standards should remain; realistic, yet perfect.
Another tastefully done cover! Pearl Thusi looks real and not like a digitalised version of herself!
Another stunning cover. The pose is natural and Nhlanhla’s beauty looks authentic – a recipe for the perfect magazine cover.
What do you think of True Love’s past cover blunders and successes?