Demi Moore's W debacle

First we thought it was just a Photoshop disaster. No, it gets worse

By Mary Elizabeth Williams

Senior Writer

Published November 25, 2009 6:26PM (EST)

Dear fashion magazines: In your ongoing efforts to turn human women into freaky robots,  may we suggest you learn to cover your tracks a little better?

We all did a little "WTF?" when Demi Moore appeared on the cover of W this month with what looked like a Photoshop disaster of an enthusiastically shaved-off hip, as Jezebel originally reported.  Mrs. Kutcher fired back on Twitter that the image was all her, posting her own version of the photo and saying, "Here is the original image people my hips were not touched don't let these people bullshit you!"  adding that "I love the pic and can only say I wish I had good lighting like that following me around all day!! Haha."

But now, it gets even better. Keen-eyed fashionistas have noted the remarkable, some might say unfuckingcanny, resemblance between the cover image of the 47-year-old Ms. Moore and 26-year-old Anja Rubik's recent spin on the runway in the same Balmain swimsuit and wrap. The body, the pose, the position of the arms – they're all oddly similar.

Maybe it's just what they call in publishing a "coinkydink." In the story that coincides with the cover image, Kevin West says that, "One might say she looks her age, although hers is an undeniably striking version of middle age." "Striking," in this case, is apparently code for "exactly like a model 21 years her junior."

The sad part, aside from the apparent lame-ass whopper of the whole thing, is that Moore, a stunning, talented actress and producer in her own right, claims in the story that she likes that people are "getting to see who I am." We're seeing somebody all right. But we're not convinced that someone is Moore. 

By Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a senior writer for Salon and author of "A Series of Catastrophes & Miracles."

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