10 JANUARY 2003
A newly statuesque Kate Winslet towers on a pair of surprisingly slimline pins on the cover of next month's GQ magazine. The result of a pre-festive season crash diet? No, more like a little digital manipulation on the part of the magazine's art department.
The Titanic star, who has always made it clear that she doesn't believe a woman has to be slim to be attractive, has come under fire in some quarters for being involved in the project. According to her agent, however, although the actress had approved the original photos she was not consulted about the digital changes.
In fact the star confirmed her attitude in the interview accompanying the photos. "What is sexy?" she says. "All I know from the men I've ever spoken to is that they like girls to have an arse on them. So why is it that women think in order to be adored they have to be thin?"
Meanwhile, the magazine's editor, Dylan Jones, while admitting that the photos had been doctored, claims that Kate has actually lost a great deal of weight recently. "These pictures are not a million miles away from what she really looks like," he says. "Kate is currently thinner than I have ever seen her, petite and sexy."
Ms Winslet herself, however, doesn't seem to share his opinion. "The retouching is excessive. I do not look like that and more importantly I don't desire to look like that," she said. "I actually have a Polaroid that the photographer gave me on the day of the shoot… I can tell you they've reduced the size of my legs by about a third. For my money it looks pretty good the way it was taken."