Her brows are too thick. She’s wearing too much makeup. The look isn’t “English enough.” The clothes are too boring. It’s too manly. It’s not feminine. It’s not flattering.
It’s to be expected, but the criticism of Kate Middleton’s Vogue photo shoot, which includes the cover and is part of the magazine’s centenary edition, is wearing a little thin. Who, in their right mind, could look at this image and say it’s not completely beautiful?
So she has a little eyebrow pencil on, and perhaps her jacket and hat combo isn’t to everyone’s taste. But come on, people. She’s a natural beauty, and can you imagine the backlash if she wore a cutout dress with a plunging neck?
We’re used to seeing the duchess in glamorous ensembles. She looks pitch perfect in Alexander McQueen and can pull of a Jenny Packham number like nobody else. She’s not afraid to don a sky-high Jimmy Choo platform for a star-studded event, or whip out a quirky Anya Hindmarch clutch. Sure, it would be awesome to see her in something really avant garde — but would that be Kate?
What’s great about the Duchess of Cambridge’s Vogue shoot is that she looks herself. The casual, comfortable version of herself we only catch a glimpse of every so often. Which is just as gorgeous as the dressed-up version we see on Prince William’s arm at official engagements, and a million miles away from the photoshopped images we’re bombarded with day in, day out, of stars who wouldn’t know what natural beauty was if it bit them on the ass.
Much has been made of the fact that Prince William’s mother, Diana Princess of Wales, appeared on several Vogue covers during her lifetime. Just like the young woman who would have been her daughter-in-law, Diana looked best when captured looking relaxed and happy, in casual clothes and with minimum styling, like this 1991 cover for U.S. Vogue, shot by Patrick Demarchelier.
The Duchess of Cambridge was photographed by Josh Olins for her shoot, the first time she has consented to being shot for a magazine. The June 2016 issue is on newsstands now.