But the svelte five-time-Oscar-nominee isn’t having it: “Kate is furious at suggestions that her body has been airbrushed,” her rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.
The Sun ponders on its front page whether “that magic airbrush has been at work again” and the Daily Telegraph got a digital retouching expert to analyze the photos. But the closest scrutiny comes from the Daily Mail, which engaged a professional airbrush artist to perform an autopsy on Winslet, who was shot wearing heels, black stockings and nothing else.
“She is in terrific shape and what you see is how she looks or she would never have agreed to pose for those shots,” adds her rep.
Why the British furor over the 33-year-old mom-of-two? In early 2003 Britain’s GQ magazine – a stablemate of Vanity Fair – ran digitally “slimmed” photos of Winslet that drew much criticism. Within days Winslet apologized.
“I just didn’t want people to think I was a hypocrite and that I’d suddenly lost 30 lbs. or whatever,” the youngest ever five-time Oscar nominee said at the time. “So I just came out and said, ‘Look, I don’t look like that’. I’m not mad at the magazine, but I have no intention of looking like that.”
Winslet’s rep does admit that minor tweaks were done to the actress for the photoshoot but insists the work was confined to skin shades only.
“The only retouching was the usual work on skin tone that happens in every glamour shoot,” adds the rep.
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