All the ingredients were there for the ultimate photoshoot. Legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz behind the lens, a gorgeous setting and 12 of the biggest Hollywood stars out there, including Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, Robert De Niro, Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon.
What could possibly go wrong? It is one of the world’s most prestigious magazines, and this shoot is for the cover, no less.
It turns out quite a lot actually! While Reese Witherspoon is looking amazing in the photo, cuddled up next to Oprah, there is something amiss… she appears to be the lucky recipient of an extra leg. What is going on down there?
Is she auditioning for a role in an upcoming Alien movie? Perhaps she is looking for work behind the camera, the extra leg would bring great stability! With the photo a hot topic all over the internet, Witherspoon took the ‘Photoshop fail’ in good humor, sending out this tweet:
“Well…I guess everybody knows now…I have 3 legs. I hope you can still accept me for who I am (and I will never apologize for snuggling @Oprah .. if you get the opportunity, I highly recommend it ;)”
Vanity Fair denied any culpability in the affair, claiming innocence with this tweet:
“While we would have loved the exclusive on @RWitherspoon’s three legs, unfortunately it’s just the lining of her dress.”
So, Photoshop fail or just unfortunate result of lighting and dress color? We will leave it for you to decide. However, more damning evidence of Photoshop skulduggery was to be found in a separate, ‘behind the scenes’ photo.
In this one, Oprah appears to have somehow conjured up a third hand. With one hand on her hip and another resting on her lap, everything looks normal enough at first glance. Until you notice a third Oprah-hand somehow finding its way on to Reese Witherspoon’s waist! How do you explain that one?
Like Reese Witherspoon, Oprah responded with a laugh, sending out this tweet:
“I accept your 3rd leg. As I know you accept my 3rd hand”
While the episode might have been slightly embarrassing for Vanity Fair, it has proven to be great publicity as the photos have gone viral across the internet. Scroll down below to check out the photos for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!