Magazine Cover Of Kate Middleton With Rotten Teeth Sparks Outrage

Kate Middleton is admired around the globe for her beauty and elegance, so Britons aren’t taking kindly to the July 12, 2012 cover of the U.S.-based New Republic magazine that features their beloved Duchess with yellowed, decaying teeth.

The unflatteringly retouched photo superimposes the 30-year-old onto a frayed Union Jack along with the headline, “Something’s Rotten. The Last Days of Britain.” The special issue, published in the run up to the London Olympics, contains a number of articles on England’s decline, including a critique of British soccer.

Reactions from across the pond have ranged from anger over Catherine’s ugly image to disgust with Americans’ stereotype of the English as all having brown, crooked teeth. A Mirror reader wrote: “Now how would Americans like it if our political magazines featured obese burger-munching Americans on its front cover? They’d be the first to complain.”


However, not everyone is taking offense. “I prefer the photo shopped picture, it makes her look like a ‘normal British person,'”
wrote another Mirror reader. “Remember us? We are the ones that really have teeth like that whilst our tax pays for the likes of her to have perfect teeth.”

The Daily Mail reports that Middleton did have her teeth straightened and whitened by orthodontist Dr. Didier Fillion before her 2011 wedding to Prince William. Treatments can cost as much as $15,000. It’s speculated that she wore hidden braces that closed a gap behind her two front teeth. The image isn’t enough to turn off diehard Duchess fans, though. “It’s satire, get over it! I for one think she still looks lovely with rotten teeth,” wrote one reader of the  Mail.

So, what do you think of Kate Middleton’s “makeover”? Is it too offensive, or can you easily shrug it off as satire?

Source: Yahoo News

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Bikinis No Longer Required in Women’s Olympic Beach Volleyball

Women beach volleyball players won’t have to wear bikinis at the 2012 London Olympics. A new rule announced on Tuesday says that participants in this summer’s beach volleyball competition can now wear shorts and sleeved tops. This new rule comes as good news for other countries wanting to participate in this event.

Athletes in the volleyball event have exclusively worn bikinis since the sport was introduced at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Competitors could also wear bodysuits in cold-weather events. The important change was made to reflect cultural conventions of various participating countries.

“Shorts of a maximum length of [1.18 inches] above the knee, and sleeved or sleeveless tops,” will now be allowed, according to the new IOC ruling.


Since the Beijing Olympics, most beach volleyball competitions have changed rules to allow for more modest uniforms. It is an attempt to broaden the diversity in the sport, which tends to be dominated by athletes from Europe, Brazil and the United States. Allowing shorts and shirts can encourage participation from other countries with more modest cultural beliefs.

As the AP reports, the field at London’s beach volleyball competition won’t be dictated by world rankings, as in Olympics past. Qualifying tournaments on various continents will fill the 24-team draw.

Source: Yahoo News

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