Cate Blanchett appears on a magazine cover without retouching or Photoshop

Cate Blanchett appears on the cover The Economist. You can read the interview with Cate here – it’s a lovely piece, albeit a bit boring. It’s all about how she put her Hollywood career on hold to focus on her great love, the theater, and how hard she works running the Sydney Theater Company. But what is getting the most press for this cover story is the actual cover – an un-retouched photo of La Blanchett, wrinkles and pores and all. Isn’t it refreshing? Obviously, Cate is a 42-year-old woman who looks great for her age (or any age). But it’s just nice to see a woman in her 40s on the cover of magazine without her looking like a victim of excessive Photoshopping (or plastic surgery, since Cate eschews tweaking).

It could go without saying, but here’s confirmation that a host of Hollywood actresses – Demi Moore included – are cut from a different cloth to Cate Blanchett. In the same week that Moore’s new ad campaign for cosmetics brand Helena Rubinstein showed her looking closer to 20 years of age than her almost-50, Australian Blanchett has eschewed all post-production magic for her Intelligent Life cover.

The magazine’s editor, Tim de Lisle, explained the reasoning behind the un-retouched image in his editor’s letter: “When other magazines photograph actresses, they routinely end up running heavily Photoshopped images, with every last wrinkle expunged. Their skin is rendered so improbably smooth that, with the biggest stars, you wonder why the photographer didn’t just do a shoot with their waxwork.”

Oscar-winning Blanchett talks of her job as joint artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company and return to Europe to star in an Australian production of a German play. She posed for the cover quite simply, in her working clothes.

“She looks like what she is” continues de Lisle, “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 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.”

The result is most certainly ‘real’, with the odd line visible here and there, but Blanchett’s luminous complexion and enviably clear skin are certainly nothing to be sniffed at.

[Via The Telegraph]

I wish more magazines would do this. And I wish more actresses were up for it. I look through red carpet and candid photos all day, nearly every day, and let me tell you something, ladies: you almost always look younger and fresher when you’re photographed “naturally”. Yes, in candids, we can see your wrinkles, the bags under your eyes, and maybe you feel naked without a face full of makeup – but I almost always think that you look younger.

Cover courtesy of Intelligent Life, photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. paola says:

    She looks beautiful and those little wrinkles around her mouth are really sexy.. she is flawless even with no make up!

    • NoNameYet says:

      I wish other mags would do this too. That, folks, is what a 42 year old woman looks like.

      • Mimi says:

        That is what an absolutely gorgeous 42 year old woman looks like! Love her, she can do no wrong.

    • gigi says:

      Agree. So much character and surprisingly, something mighty fierce in her face with all the wrinkles and pores. She’s a beautiful woman who’s lived a full 42 and she looks like she’s a lot tougher and wiser for it. That’s hot.

    • Tiffany says:

      I love Cate! She is so talented and gorgeous and has so much dignity and class. Sigh.

      To the women who were concerned on the Madonna thread earlier this week…THIS is what a woman looks like when she is truly embracing who she is. It isnt that Madonna is old, it is that she has butchered her face in an attempt to deny the reality of where she is in life. Cate is someone who understands where she is and CELEBRATES it! What a role model!

    • MeiTai says:

      She is definitely stunning – even without a lot of unnecessary Photoshop.

      She’s wearing a full face of makeup in that Economist cover, though. Foundation, eyeliner, blush, lipliner, lipcolor, brow powder/pencil. It’s all just in muted colors.

      • sandra says:

        Yeah – it’s a great makeup job though and the lighting is fantastic. She looks terrific, luminous.

  2. Natasha says:

    Photoshop free and she looks absolutely stunning!!! Love her!! I can only hope to age so gracefully. I agree in wishing that more Hollywood women would do this (*ahem Demi Moore).

  3. Eve says:

    If Madonna sees this, she’ll have seizures.

  4. lisa says:

    Love Cate.

    I see actresses out and about without much make up. Photogs take pictures. Those are not to my knowledge retouched. I can name a lot of celeb women that look amazing in candid shots. Cate is one. And then there are the ones that people actually think look like their photoshop image..

    • cr says:

      It’s my understanding that because the technology is so cheap and easy these days they do some photoshop on red carpet pics. Whether they retouch actual pap shots I have no idea, but I really wouldn’t be surprised if there was retouching going on even with those.

  5. autumndaze says:

    It is sad that an unretouched photo on a magazine of an “aging” actress is news…… Cate is one crazy talented woman at any age.

  6. Aiobhan says:

    And she is still stunning without Photoshop. Damn!!

  7. Nanz says:

    God, I love her. And I have so much respect for the people who worked on this shoot/story. I can’t believe how jarring it is to see a natural picture on a magazine cover. Goes to show how desensitized I am to photoshop.

  8. Ella says:

    Gorgeous. She looks so much more interesting and charismatic like this, without perfect plastic skin.

    I wish more magazines would do this.

  9. Bite me says:

    Beautiful … I bet intelligent life is getting a lot of mileage of out of this cover

  10. dahlianoir says:


  11. Frayed_Edges says:

    She looks amazing – she is stunning and it’s nice to see real skin which hasn’t been blurred, tweaked or pulled. There is something stunning about a real face – a lot of people in Hollywood need to learn this. Once you’re in your 40s you won’t look 20, you’ll look like a 40something year old who has had cosmetic surgery. They need to wake up and realise this.

  12. aprayerforthewildatheart says:

    Love Cate, and she looks lovely on that cover.

  13. Nicole says:

    She looks great, always has, plus she is a great talent.
    If it wasnt for her political leanings I would be her no.1 fan.

    • Snowpea says:

      Really? I know she’s well known for her leftwing, pro-environment, pro arts funding stance…but how could that possibly affect the way you see her?

      Unless you’re a rabid, right wing, fundamentalist religious nut.

      • BostonKat7 says:

        Right…because you have to be one extreme or the other. You can’t have independent opinions on individual issues.

        So you’re telling me if I don’t agree with every political opinion of an elite actress I’m a “rabid, right wing, fundamentalist religious nut”…

        Funny, I don’t fit neatly into one political box. I agree & disagree with both sides of extreme views. Maybe if people would stop all of the labeling and name calling and actually have intelligent discussions about issues that are important to everybody in this country we could move forward.

      • Snowpea says:

        @Boston – you can’t be serious?

        What I was alluding to was how can someone’s political persuasions diminish their talent in their chosen field? UNLESS you have such extreme views that they colour the way you see the person.

        See Kirk Cameron for reference if you’re still grappling.

    • Kate says:

      What political leanings so offend you?

  14. Cherry says:

    Ok, but she’s still wearing make-up, right?

  15. bea says:

    I love that she’s unapologetic about her age and looking real.

    She really, truly is a FANTASTIC example for women to emulate.

    She is by far my favorite actor as well. Keep the CB posts coming………..

  16. Sillyone says:

    Most beautiful “Hollywood” looking woman that I have seen in a very long time..

  17. dorothy says:

    Magazines would sell more issues if they would stop trying to make every woman unrealistically perfect.

    Way to go Cate!!

  18. RuddyZooKeeper says:

    Photos I’ve seen of myself taken that close are sometimes horrifying. More proof to me of just how amazingly blessed this lady is. A true beauty!

  19. Katyusha says:

    So beautiful.

  20. Zorbitor says:

    The cover shot looks a little like Marg Hellenbrenner from CSI

  21. Jackie says:

    in these times, this is a revolutionary act.

    she actually looks like a human being and not a creepy, over photoshopped robot.

    much warmer and engaging for the viewer.

  22. Aries_Mira says:

    She evokes beauty and self confidence in a picture like this. She is an amazingly talented woman!

  23. lucy2 says:

    I love that she did this. Helps that she’s naturally a beautiful woman, but still makes quite a statement. I too wish more magazines and models/actors would do it.

  24. BW says:

    She looks great. She looks great in these photos. I love that you can see wrinkles and pores and that she looks natural and great.

    BUT. . . she’s the spokesperson for SK-II which apparently photoshops the hell out of her, so I can only assume that stuff doesn’t work like they advertise, because I’m 11 years older than she is and my skin has no wrinkles or bags and I don’t use the stuff.

    • rose says:

      Yeah but she grew up in Australia I think, and a lot of people here look older than their European or North American peers because we have more UV rays which are awfully ageing. I dread to think what I’m going to look like at 42 with all the sunburns I got as a kid. Not to mention the melanomas I’ll probably get…

    • ebraca says:

      Weird. I recently saw SK-ii ad and it was NOT Photoshopped. I stared at the ad because it was almost shocking to see an unretouched ad. I wonder if it depends on the magazine running it? BTW Kate looked really good, lines and all.

  25. Darlene says:


  26. kibbles says:

    Talented actress and beautiful on the inside and out. We need more celebrities like Cate.

  27. Eileen says:

    I freaking adore her. She is everything an actress should be. Natural, cool, smart and comfortable in her own skin.

  28. almond says:

    Every magazine should do this. We’d get rid of a lot of issues. Not all of them mind you, but if we could set the norm for no photoshopping maybe we wouldn’t have such unreasonable expectations when it comes to appearance and age. I never buy beauty or fashion magazines because I know that what they’re selling is a lie.

    • TheOriginalTiffany says:

      Huzzah! Yes. I love the no photoshop and she looks great. More of real women please.

  29. Jezi says:

    She’s absolutely gorgeous. It’s very nice to see the natural progression of aging.

  30. Ming says:

    Maybe we would be less afraid of age (or death even ?), when we would be given more imperfection from those who are supposed to deliver the illusion, the dream and the fantasies of Hollywood writers.

    But I guess, everybody wants to escape reality, so covers like those will be a rarity.

  31. a nony mouse says:

    um, the magazine is The Economist. the theme or what have you is ‘intelligent life’.

    • Jen says:

      The magazine is not The Economist. Intelligent Life is The Economist’s publication about arts and culture – it’s a separate magazine.

  32. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Blanchett posesses a natural, ethereal beauty that is rare among the masses of duck-lipped, frozen kat-faces in Hollywood. She is gorgeous AND a true talent.

  33. kc says:

    Beyond gorgeous!

  34. Mar says:

    She is basically doing everything right these days- she’s down to earth and realistic- she hasnt lost her head in Hollyweird

  35. decorative item says:

    Respect is the word that comes to mind when I think of Cate.

  36. oh my. i love her so much.

  37. bagladey says:

    She looks great.

  38. Dhavy says:

    I believe she knows her craft really well, she is such a great versatile actress and she has a unique eye on fashion that she’s sure of herself (and she earned that right) so not being photoshopped will never be an issue for Cate, her acting speaks for itself so she doesn’t need to draw our attention by creating an illusion of something she’s not

  39. Zimmer says:

    Awesome Cate!

  40. Lisa says:

    Just GORGEOUS!!!!!

  41. Babalon says:

    Just when I think I couldn’t possibly love her more she goes and does something awesome.


    • Umlaut says:

      My thoughts exactly — I thought I couldn’t adore her any more than I do, but she pulls this…and for The Economist, no less! Swoon.

  42. Chickie Baby says:

    Okay, how is 42 “almost 50″? Whoever wrote that is probably under 30, so therefore, anyone older than 30 is ancient.

    All the sun worshippers out there should take a good look at this cover photo and cry–your skin will NEVER look this good if you don’t get away from the bake!

    Love Kate. She’s awesome.

    • TheOriginalTiffany says:

      While I admit to sun worship and being out In it a ton, I do always wear huge sunglasses and gloves when I ride and glasses and hat at the beach. A few lines at my eye corners but that is it. Genetics plays a part too. I’m the same age as Cate.
      And yes, no where near 50! We stay young a lot longer these days.

    • yoyogogo says:

      The “almost 50″ comment was referring to Demi Moore, who is indeed almost 50, not Cate. Read more carefully before getting indignant. Although Cate will still look great when she actually IS “almost 50,” I’m sure!

  43. marie says:

    She looks great. Don’t blame the other acctresses for the photo shopping…blame the magazine editors who decide to photo shop

  44. FeverDream says:


    This is the kind of woman who is truly a movie star IMO.

    Its nice to see a woman who can age with confidence and grace.

  45. Listerino says:

    Cate is awesome. She makes me feel better about my own wrinkles. More celebrities should be doing this

  46. Violet says:

    Good for her! I think she looks amazing, and the lines add character.

    I wish more celebs would be this gutsy, so that the rest of us don’t feel like we have to live up to airbrushed perfection.

  47. Abby says:

    Whatever. I love Cate, but I’m a photographer and professional retoucher – I can see the retouching on her eyes. Notice how you can see all of her pores on the highest part of her right (left to us) cheekbone, and then next to it (where some of her eye wrinkles would be) it’s silky smooth. Yeah, not real.

  48. jessie says:

    what a stunning woman she is! I am with all of the posters who’d like to see more of this trend… I remember Jamie Lee Curtis did a piece where she basically said, “This is me without all of the hoo-hah…” What a beautiful life we experience; why not try to forge forth on a daily basis without the masks?

  49. WOM says:

    I love the concept of this photo shoot & totally respect Blanchett & the magazine for doing this.

    But — BUT! — I think that the photo has been touched up: her eyes are pure white with no visible blood vessels. That’s edited, right?

    • Tiffany says:

      I have seen cosmetic procedures on tv where they can lift the vessels out of your eyes. I wouldn’t try it, but it can be done.

      • WOM says:

        AAAAAAAAAAHHHHH! That sounds horrible. Mind you I get nauseous when I even THINK about putting in contact lenses because I am completely phobic about having my eyeballs touched.

      • Tiffany says:

        Yeah, that was the reaction I had too! They used what looked like those crooked pointers that dentists use and just lifted it off. It made shivers run down my spine to see it!

    • Lenore says:

      There are eye-drops you can use that temporarily constrict the blood vessels in your eyes, and thereby make them appear white. Even thinking about it makes me wince!

      Then again, I have a friend with incredibly white whites in her eyes naturally, so it wouldn’t surprise me if Cate’s were like that too. Some people are just blessed with Adobe genes.

  50. LoveMeDo says:

    SHE should have been Maleficent. Love her!

  51. anonymoose says:



  52. LeeLoo says:

    She looks great. I’ve always loved Cate. I also appreciate the fact she’s kept it natural. I think women in Hollywood who get the constant plastic surgery should take note as to why Cate still gets movie role offers. It’s because she acts her age, and doesn’t have a face that looks like it could melt off in extreme heat. It also probably has to do with the fact she’s always been a press favorite, has a good attitude and is a cosummate professional.

  53. MST says:

    She is amazingly talented and she looks great. But in the interview, she states that she uses emu oil on her skin. I’m not an animal rights fanatic, but I was disappointed. There’s plenty of plant-based products that can be used on the skin that are very effective and cruelty-free!

  54. original kate says:


  55. wunder says:

    LOVE this natural look. Go Cate!!!

  56. Bird says:


  57. Ginger says:

    I’m also 42 and Cate is one of my beauty idols…I just love her! She looks so fab here. Granted she uses the expensive SKII line of skin care. I loved how her skin looks so much that I thought about purchasing the line for myself but alas I just can’t afford it. I tend to love wrinkles on both men and women…especially the crinkles around the eyes. It lends character to the face when a person smiles IMO. I wish my skin were that clear and flawless without retouching.

  58. truthful says:

    I love her!!! I hate when women make it look like they had a army to help them w/their makeup.

    too much!!

    stop copying a reality slore’s makeup routine, natural and light to where its at…Cate looks normal and its been a long time since we’ve seen normal and secure.

    AND she is talented, LOVE it, thanks CB!

  59. mew says:

    Even though her photo has few lines here and there, it’s not un-photoshopped. They’ve just ‘shopped it much more naturally, but it’s still touched.

  60. Faye says:

    La Blanchett is amazing. One of the greats, and one of my very favorites. I’ll see movies that I would usually skip just because she’s in them.

  61. Mara says:

    She is very beautiful ,not like the other actress’s who look like plastic dolls on the covers with so much photoshop .

  62. Orange Cone says:

    So Beautiful! Love Cate!

  63. Jess says:

    Well does it matter that she was shopped to hell on this foreign cover the same month?

    • Leonie says:


      I think Russian Interview magazine probably has its own art director, so the wonderful Ms Blanchett likely didn’t get much of a say.

      One may also argue that the photo on Russia’s Interview is photoshopped to create a certain image, almost like a poster, rather than to beautify the subject.

  64. pwal says:

    Cate has some gorgeous skin.

    Team Stay Your @$$ Out of the Sun!

  65. sup says:

    i see cersei lannister in the first pic! bad ass

  66. skuddles says:

    Gorgeous! Nothing is more beautiful than a confident woman who is not afraid to let the world see her as she really is…. love her!

  67. Daphne says:

    She is the shit. LOVE her.

  68. Anna says:

    Wonderful. She is also under heavy lighting and excessive make up is applied to her face. I’ll be impressed when all is removed, although who would do that? I wouldn’t. I don’t even leave the house without make up on. It’s funny how we encourage women doing the things we would not dare do when it comes to vanity.

  69. shontay says:

    A little photoshop is never bad, but 99% of the time it’s done to the extreme. Make up is also a great thing, but again it’s done to the extreme. I hate the Kim K thing of all that light concealer under the eyes. You look like a fool.

    I personally don’t leave the house without make up but I use it to enhance my natural beauty and not to turn me into a wax figure.

    • Anna says:

      Yeah, although an image can be heavily manipulated without looking like it was and that’s usually the case. Every photo you see in magazines has been heavily altered, always. I know this because it’s what I do. We all say, oh no, leave it natural, but people would grimace if they saw the original photos of people.

      I like to do a light layer of make up, just for a healthy glow. I don’t want anybody to pay that much attention to my face, I want it to look natural lol

  70. paranel says:

    A stunning lady , even more so without retouch.

  71. Lis says:

    “It’s funny how we encourage women doing the things we would not dare do when it comes to vanity.”

    Amen to that, Anna.

    And I’m not convinced that Cate was a great actress (yeah, it’s subjective), but have you seen her latest film “Hanna”?

    Atrocious performance and that on-off accent, just terrible.

    • Anna says:

      yeah, she’s hit and miss. i’ve never understood the horrible accents in movies. they pay for vocal coaches! How do they screw it up? There aren’t many actresses that i like that are popular right now. anne hathaway being considered a real actor scares me a bit.

    • Karma says:

      Hmmm…I might have to watch “Hanna” again because when watching it the first time, I thought the on-off accent was intentional.

      That as an agent she was switching between an American mid-western accent to an eastern European accent depending upon who she was talking to and thus which cover/accent she reverted to.

      The main accent being the American mid-western which resumed in her dealings with the American intelligence agencies. And the eastern European accent came out when the older case files/people were dealt with.

  72. Maritza says:

    Photoshop should be only used to cover zits or age spots, wrinkles should be left as they are and for all to see.

  73. mememe says:

    She’s in touch with herself and her beauty. I respect that.

  74. Sandy says:

    The Itelligent Life magazine is a sister to the Economist, but they are in fact two separate publications. This difference should be noted.

  75. iheartcate says:

    I have loved her since Elizabeth, and I dont think I could love her anymore than I do after this.

  76. Shane says:

    As a 36 year old man I greatly prefer natural looking women. I find her to be incredibly sexy. I can understand a little wrinkle smoothing (botox) but these women who do major facelifts where the skin looks too tight really turn me off. And don’t even get me started on the cheek implants. Ridiculous.

  77. Sandy says:

    Respect for Cate!. Madonna, Demi and Jennifer Aniston and others who INSIST on being photoshopped to death: take note. This way you won’t look so different from your covers when you’re papped!

  78. Jen says:

    No, it isn’t The Economist, for commenters who got confused. Intelligent Life is a separate publication focussed on the arts and culture, published under The Economist’s umbrella by many of the same writers.

    It often has good gossip hidden away in its interviews. This one with Cate actually depicts her relationship with Andrew Upton pretty realistically…

  79. Sugarrbunny says:

    I have always thought she has a luminous beauty. Look at her now & from The Talented Mr Ripley or Elizabeth. Just such an exceptional beauty…and an.amazing talent

  80. salamanca says:

    bWell, Mrs. Blanchett-You’re absolutely stunning.

  81. Anon says:

    Those fabulous-forty-somethings that always remind us how young they look or sexy or beautiful (with loaded-down photoshop shoots) in HW should take a lesson from this beauty.

  82. Stubbylove says:

    Reason #1,275,498 for loving Cate.