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Vanity Fair Gives Reese Witherspoon and Oprah Extra ‘Leg’ and Hand


Vanity Fair just unveiled its latest Hollywood issue, which features a cover photo of 12 Hollywood stars captured by photographer Annie Leibovitz. But people are talking about the photos today for all the wrong reasons: the cover photo (shown above) appears to show Reese Witherspoon with a 3rd leg and another photo definitely shows Oprah with a 3rd hand.

Here’s the crop of the group portrait above that was used on the cover:

Vanity Fair’s 2018 Hollywood issue cover. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.

People on social media began pointing out that Witherspoon looks like she has three legs in the photo: one extended and two crossed.

Witherspoon herself soon joined in on the discussion.

Another photo in the issue, by photographer Matthias Gaggl, also attracted attention… because Oprah can clearly be seen having three hands.

Photograph by Matthias Gaggl.
A crop of the photo showing the three hands. Photograph by Matthias Gaggl.

Oprah responded to Witherspoon with a sympathetic Tweet:

It seems that the Witherspoon 3rd leg “fail” may simply be an optical illusion. Vanity Fair soon Tweeted a response, saying that the apparent 3rd leg is actually the lining of Witherspoon’s dress:

Vanity Fair’s explanation of the optical illusion. Crop of photo by Annie Leibovitz.

Vanity Fair had no defense for Oprah’s 3rd hand, though. The magazine admitted that it was a Photoshop fail and stated that the online photo would be fixed (which it soon was):

The Photoshop fail (left) and the corrected photo (right).

You can find the full Hollywood issue photo portfolio over on the Vanity Fair website.

Image credits: Header cover photos by Annie Leibovitz