It's hard to believe, Princess Diana would have turned 50 today. She may have lost her life too soon at the young age of 36 in that Paris car crash, but she has lived on through the years. But Newsweek has literally brought the Princess back to life.
In commemoration of her birthday, Newsweek has featured a computer-generated Princess Diana, on its cover. The late princess is superimposed next to her daughter-in-law, Duchess Catherine.
The cover and corresponding story, written by editor-in-chief and Diana biographer and royal "obsessor", Tina Brown, imagines what her life would be like today if tragedy had not struck on August 31, 1997.
"Still great-looking: that's a given. Her mother, Frances Shand Kydd, with her cornflower-blue eyes and striding sexuality, was a handsome woman to the very end. Fashionwise, Diana would have gone the J.Crew and Galliano route à la Michelle Obama, always knowing how to mix the casual with the glam. There is no doubt she would have kept her chin taut with strategic Botox shots and her bare arms buff from the gym."
Brown thinks Diana would have been remarried, twice, and would have moved to New York. And, in case you were wondering, here's how she would have handled her first-born son's new wife:
"The rising public adoration of Kate would have afforded Diana some tricky moments. Pleased, yes. But, like Frances Shand Kydd-who, days before Diana's wedding, suddenly burst out, "I have good long legs, like my daughter"-Diana would have had to adjust to a broadening of the limelight. Her edge over Kate, of course, was her own epic of princessly suffering, which would always make Diana's story more interesting. ("Happily ever after" will never have the same allure to the press as "It all went horribly wrong.") Diana, rejoicing in her flawless Spencer pedigree, would have positioned herself as a firm defender of the Middletons against the palace snobs and ostentatiously made Carole Middleton, Kate's dynamic mother, her new BFF."
In another photo illustration image accompanying the piece, Diana is holding an iPhone.
Even though some are saying it's disrespectful, don't think it won't be a hot seller on the newsstands. Putting Princess Di on your cover is guaranteed money.
According to Forbes, "Three of People's best-selling issues ever were Diana covers: her death (No. 2), the birth of her son William (No. 9) and her wedding (No. 10). And American interest in the British royals still seems to run strong. Adweek reports that William's marriage to Kate Middleton yielded $31 million in magazine sales: $18 million in sales of specials and one-shot publications and $13 million in incremental sales of regularly-published titles."
Will you buy the magazine with the Zombie Princess Di cover?
Viewers serve up their thoughts:
Tracee : It's a bit creepy
Krystal: I think its disrespectful to her family. Can they just let her rest in peace ?! Her children do not want see her digitally altered .
Deborah: I think she would have looked younger than the computer image portrayed.
@DJCBS25 tweets: @maggiesworld idt its disrespectful more of a tribute to her, being its her birthday, kinda like when ppl try to imagine what MLK would be like if he was still alive. Its more flattery than anything else.
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