Photographer Pokes Fun at Controversial Golf Digest Cover in Hilarious Fashion


If you’re into Golf, you might have heard about this controversy over the most recent cover of Golf Digest. Apparently, the magazine erred when it decided to put Paulina Gretzky (daughter of famed hockey player Wayne Gretzky and fiancĂ© of pro golfer Dustin Johnson) on the cover instead of an actual… you know… golfer.

But rather than get caught up in all that, Orlando-based photographer Cy Cyr decided to spoof the cover instead.

The original cover was shot by legendary photographer Walter Iooss, who is Cyr’s photographic idol and part of the reason he decided to take this on. And so, one fateful day, he invited some of his most cooperative friends over for what had to be a pretty fun photo shoot.

Here’s a behind the scenes video that shows Cyr working on both his professional work, and this particular spoof. You can also click here to see a higher res version of the main photo:

Of course, what started as a fun joke and tribute to one of his favorite photographers has turned into something of a viral hit… at least in the sports world. The photo ended up on the TODAY show and was picked up by everyone from the NY Daily News to NBC News to The Daily Mail.

We’re just not sure who we’re more impressed with: Cyr for thinking of and going through with this idea, or all of his friends who were willing to join him and pose in sports bras and white capris.

For more info, videos and links to the veritable cornucopia of sites that have covered this fun photo spoof, head over Cyr’s blog post on the topic by clicking here.

Image credits: Photograph by Cy Cyr and used with permission

  • MS

    gee….what a great idea….

  • Aezreth

    Double yawn, one for the original “controversial” cover and one for the spoof.

  • easily-impressed-pixel

    yeah, that is jaw-droppingly hilarious.

  • Rob Elliott

    This just goes to show why we pose different body shapes differently.

  • Eden Wong

    Good on Cy Cyr and his pals for having a little fun with the
    oh-so-uptight drama queen golfers who went bonkers over the original
    shot by Mr. Iooss.

    I’m sure a few studio beverages were consumed and many laughs were had by all concerned.

  • PeterHubert

    i take the chick every day….

  • David Liang

    I feel like it’s becoming the antithesis of being creative and original, to juxtapose ugly males to parody a shoot originally featuring an attractive female? At some point this type of message becomes a “me too” thing and starts to lose it’s meaning no matter how well intention ed or executed.

  • Mike

    Her leg as as wide as my femur, how the heck does she walk!?

  • Derek

    This whole thing is lame. Whoa, you mean men and women are different — and are perceived differently — in our society!? Somebody get these guys a genius grant!

  • Matias Gonua

    I’m more shocked that a magazine about golf exists.

  • Adam Cross

    well yeah, it was controversial, they’ve never featured an actual female golfer on their cover but go for the girlfriend of a male golfer instead. for the top flight female golfers it’s pretty insulting

  • Adam Cross

    personally, I think, a better way to take a jab at the cover would be to get pro female golfers together for a shoot and show that female golfers are slightly better suited for the cover of a golf magazine

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  • Aloisi

    The original 10/10, copies 1/10 at best.

  • Anonymoused

    I see it more as a jab to the original photographer, who made the stupid decision to photograph an attractive woman rather than an actual golfer.

  • Anonymoused

    That’s probably the ‘shopping, but it’s just as offensive to skinny shame as it is to let sexist photographers like Iooss get away with idiotic ideas like this.

  • Larry Braverman

    A photographer obviously does not have the power to decide who appears on a magazine cover.

  • Broseph of Arimathea

    Old people like golf and physical media.

    And yelling at clouds, ranting about teenagers and being scared of rap music. But those are beside the point.

  • Cy Cyr

    We were laughing then, and we’re laughing now! Thanks Eden!