This is Cate Blanchett on a magazine cover completely un-photo-shopped and unairbrushed this month.
Still looking unbelievably beautiful, A-List actress and Golden Globe-winner Cate appears on the latest cover of Intelligent Life, the Economist magazine's bi-monthly lifestyle and culture magazine.
The majority of celebrities rely on photo-shopping (and it’s not always good) but Cate and the magazine in question seemingly decided to make a statement that real is better by not resorting to touch-ups.
Editor of Intelligent Life, Tim de Lisle, says airbrushing means celebrity skin looks ‘improbably smooth’. He says: “With the biggest stars, you wonder why the photographer didn't just do a shoot with their waxwork."
In a statement on the on the magazine's website Tim went on to say of Cate Blanchett: "She looks like what she is - a woman of 42, spending her days in an office, her evenings on stage and the rest of her time looking after three young children."
We already know Cate isn’t a fan of plastic surgery but this is the first time she’s taken he relatively brave step of forgoing any airbrushing. It might be something to do with her serious role as theatre boss. Cate and her husband, Andrew Upton, are currently artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company.
However Intelligent Life admits despite taking the moral stance of not photo-shopping, it is all too aware of the benefits of having an A-List cover star.
"We can't be too self-righteous about it, because, like anyone else who puts her on a cover, we are benefiting from her beauty and distinction. But the shot is at least trying to reflect real life. It's a curious sign of the times that this has become something to shout about."