published Friday, July 1st, 2011

Newsweek cover imagines Diana at 50

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    In this magazine cover image released by Newsweek, a computer-generated image of Princess Diana is shown with Kate Middleton on the cover of the July 4th issue of Newsweek magazine. Diana was killed in a car accident in 1997 and would have turned 50 today. In April, Middleton married Prince William, the oldest son of Diana and Prince Charles. (AP Photo)

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest Newsweek cover contains a ghostly sight: a computer-generated image of a stylish Princess Diana, as she might look now, walking with Kate Middleton.

The article inside was written by Diana biographer and longtime provocateur Tina Brown. She's also Newsweek's editor-in-chief, having taken over after her online publication, the Daily Beast, merged late last year with the decades-old publication.

"What would she have been like?" Brown writes of Diana, who would have turned 50 on Friday, nearly 14 years after her death in a Paris car crash. "Still great-looking: that's a given."

The magazine's new issue also features an imagined Diana Facebook page and a slideshow comparing the fashion styles of Diana and Middleton, who married Diana's oldest child, Prince William, in April.

About the cover, a Los Angeles Times headline asked, "Shocking, brilliant or just plain cheap?" An Atlantic Wire headline added, "How Creepy Is Princess Diana's Ghost on the Cover of Newsweek?"

Brown's answer: Not at all.

"We wanted to bring the memory of Diana alive in a vivid image that transcends time and reflects my piece," she said in a statement Tuesday.

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rosebud said...

And they sucked you in beautifully, TFP. You're giving this stupid, insignificant magazine the publicity they're so desperately seeking.

July 1, 2011 at 7:45 a.m.
bigbearzzz said...

What's the friggin point?! She's dead! Is there nothing else goin on news worthy?!?!

July 1, 2011 at 8:33 a.m.
bpqd said...

In poor taste and not newsworthy.

July 1, 2011 at 9:12 a.m.
Selah said...

You're back Rosebud...same ole negativity...I see Scales went through a series of interviews...whatabout Rick

July 1, 2011 at 11:23 p.m.
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