True Love cover controversy causes Twitter meltdown

2016-05-23 15:06


True Love cover.

Cape Town - Tweeps had plenty to say about the use of Photoshop, they deemed an “injustice” to the latest True Love cover star, Lerato Kganyago.

The magazine fast became a trending topic on social media on Monday, when fans pointed out how different Lerato Kganyago looked on the cover of True Love, saying that the magazine used "excessive Photoshop”.

By Monday afternoon more than 41 000 tweets had been sent out about the topic.

Even celebrities, like Bonang and Nomzamo, weighed in on the topic.

Lerato expressed her disappointment regarding the amount of retouching, but ultimately stood by her cover. "Nick Boulton is one of the most amazing photographers in the country. He captured me beautifully, it must be disheartening even for him to have his work continuously retouched (PhotoShopped) to a point of no recognition (sic)," she posted on Instagram.

She went on to say: "I had an amazing shoot though and the article beautifully captured @philatyekana" Great article, had a lot to share, and that's all that matters! Get your copy now!!! (sic)" 

True Love editor, Dudu Mvimbi Leshabane says: "As a brand that stands for women empowerment, TRUE LOVE would never intentionally do anything to compromise women and their public profile. We have a responsibility not to tarnish our cover star’s image, to produce authentic content for our readers and to uphold the brand’s integrity." (You can read the full statement here.)

The magazine also dropped the unedited photos on their website to prove the minimum amount of retouching done. (See it here.) #Judgeforyourself

*The Juice is part of Media24, a subsidiary of Naspers, who also publishes True Love.