Vanity Fair Revealed Their 2018 Hollywood Issue – And It Appears Reese Witherspoon Has An Extra Leg

Each year, lifestyle publication Vanity Fair has treated us to its annual Hollywood issue, focused on the year’s top actors. The themes, subjects and designs change from year to year, making it a must-read for avid movie-goers. Lauded snapper Annie Leibovitz shot this year’s cover, but readers spotted a couple of discrepancies that stole the spotlight. Unsurprisingly, the internet fired up when people noticed glaring problems with the cover of the issue. And once you find out exactly what they are, you’ll understand the internet meltdown.

For over 25 years the publication Vanity Fair has been putting out a very special issue each year. Launched in 1993, the Hollywood issue focuses on the biggest movers and shakers in the acting world. In 2018 their latest edition hit the shelves.

This year’s theme focused on those actors and actresses who spoke out against social injustices and wrongdoings. Accordingly, the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Robert De Niro all graced the issue’s luxurious front cover.

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This edition also marked the final cover for Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter – who featured on the cover for the first time, situated between Robert De Niro and Gal Gadot. And seemingly, just to be a part of that ensemble was a big deal. Feature editor for the magazine Jane Sarkin remarked on their website in January 2018, “It’s an insider look into the magic of what goes on at this special cover shoot.”

Also speaking on the publication’s website, actress Reese Witherspoon exclaimed, “Being on the cover of Vanity Fair was just sort of this incredible moment that validated all that work… You really feel it can give you the momentum that you need to push forward and to do great things.”

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Arguably though, this year’s edition has sparked more debate and conversation than those of years gone by. First, actor James Franco was originally intended to be on the cover of the issue, but he was scrubbed out when accused of sexual misconduct in January 2018.

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However, many buyers of the publication were shocked by what they found when the issue finally did hit shelves in February 2018. The cover displayed glaring discrepancies – notably concerning Reese Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey. And both seemed to mutated in an amusing way.

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In the Leibovitz shot, Witherspoon and Winfrey sit next to each other. However, eagle-eyed readers noticed that there was a problem with the Witherspoon’s legs: there were three of them. Yes, incredibly, the picture has the blond performer sporting an extra peg.

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It was clearly a huge oversight on the part of Vanity Fair, but astonishingly, it wasn’t the only one. No, in fact, there’s also a problem with the way Winfrey’s hands are depicted. That’s right, you guessed it – there are three of those as well!

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The Winfrey mistake was spotted in a behind-the-scenes picture of the shoot, while the Witherspoon discrepancy actually made it to the stands. In the former shot, Winfrey is shown with her arm around Witherspoon – despite the fact that her two actual hands are placed on her own lap.

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Meanwhile, Witherspoon’s gaffe appears on the front cover of the issue, with the image depicting her leaning on Winfrey, appearing to be supporting her weight with three legs instead of two. It goes without saying that the Photoshop nightmares sent online users into a frenzy.

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Twitter users were quick to pounce on the Witherspoon design blunder, with one user writing, “I do wonder about Reese’s 3 legs? Her flesh is not the same color as the inside of her dress.” Meanwhile, a more cynical tweet read, “The bad Reese Witherspoon Photoshop where she has three legs still looks more natural than all engagement photos.”

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Winfrey didn’t get off scot-free either, with one tweeter joking, “Now that Oprah has been exposed as an alien with three hands, her prospective presidential candidacy takes on more sinister overtones.” Meanwhile, social media commentators weren’t the only ones getting in on the act.

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The two entertainers who were at the focal point of the issue even traded a few humorous remarks about their superhuman depictions on the cover. Witherspoon joked on Twitter, “Well… I guess everybody knows now… I have 3 legs.” And she concluded, “I hope you can still accept me for who I am.”

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She even gave props to Winfrey’s cuddliness, saying, “I will never apologize for snuggling Oprah. If you get the opportunity, I highly recommend it.” In return, Winfrey replied, “I accept your 3d leg. As I know you accept my 3d hand.” Not to be beaten, Vanity Fair also partook in the comedic festivities.

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They clarified Witherspoon’s triple leg depiction as just being a trick of the mind, tweeting, “While we would have loved the exclusive on Reese Witherspoon’s three legs, unfortunately it’s just the lining of her dress.” But they did admit to one glaring mistake…

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Yes, they conceded that the three-handed shot of Winfrey was a mistake on their part, stating on Twitter, “As for Oprah, how can we expect her to juggle it all with just two hands? (We are correcting this error online.)” However, it might take some convincing to get people to accept that Witherspoon’s cover errors are just an optical illusion.

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Despite being a tad farcical, the Photoshop irregularities on Vanity Fair’s 2018 Hollywood issue have certainly got people talking about it – which can only be a good thing for the publication. It’s also nice to see the two ladies at the heart of the matter share a few laughs over their physical portrayals.

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However, this was by no means the first time such a mistake has occurred on a high-profile magazine. No, in fact, there have been countless examples through the years of faulty covers somehow making it past quality control.

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Some of the worst past cases of extreme image editing include actress Demi Moore’s hips and thighs not lining up correctly on the cover of W, tennis player Andy Roddick’s inexplicable bulging biceps on the front of Men’s Fitness and Katy Perry’s extensively retouched shot gracing Rolling Stone.

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Winfrey had another design flaw on a magazine cover in 1989, and it was even worse than her most recent incident: her head didn’t even match the body. Incredibly, the TV Guide edition that year had her head pasted onto the body of ’60s icon Ann-Margret. Taking that into account, maybe three hands aren’t so bad after all.

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