Adele looks great on the cover of Vogue‘s March issue. But she pretty much always looks gorgeous to me, which is why I just really wish that Vogue would let me see her chin… and her real body, while they’re at it. Some are giving Anna Wintour props for “showing more than just a close-up of her face” on the cover, and marveling at how it looks like Adele lost weight. I’m sorry, but no: She just got a body and face by photoshop which, given how much pride she takes in how she looks, I’m guessing she didn’t really want. And if you’re listening, Vogue, neither do I.
I’m no master of photoshop, but even I can tell that Vogue‘s photo editing department basically just used a big black “shade” marker to make her face look thinner. It’s possible that Adele lost weight, but judging by the Grammys, she didn’t suddenly morph into a 32DD; her thin waist and large bust are probably the compliments of photoshop, as well. But unlike some celebs, who are rumored to ask for a post-shoot slim-down, Adele is anything but ashamed of how she looks. Just before the Grammys, she told Anderson Cooper that she doesn’t aspire to be thinner or more sexualized in order to boost her career:
I’ve never seen magazine covers and seen music videos and been like, ‘I need to look like that if I want to be a success. Never, I don’t want to be some skinny mini with my tits out. I really don’t want to do it.
And that’s why so many of us love her. From her music to her looks, everything about her just seems authentic—and judging by her record sales, music fans seemed to be starved for it. And judging by the growing number of women (and men) speaking out in favor of more accepting beauty standards in fashion, I’m guessing that Vogue readers are starved for it, as well.
The March issue is already out, but the next time someone features Adele, I hope they’ll think twice before blocking out most of her body and photoshopping some extra contours and shadows into her face. Because if her awards and record sales prove anything, it’s that everyone is more than happy to buy the real Adele.