Magazine Exhumes Princess Di

6.28.2011

By Mike Berlin

Look guys! It's Princess Diana, aged to 50 by Newsweek and Photoshop!

So this is in interesting tactic by Tina Brown and the mag staff: reimagining Di's live at 50, complete with an essay on her fashion and causes, and, our favorite, what her Facebook page might look like today:

-She is friends with "Jo Rowling."
-She has just been poked by "Nicolas Sarkozy."
-That incorrigible Sarah Ferguson has written on her wall! ("Hey Sloane Ranger! It's been so long!!! When are we getting drinks?????")
-Her newsfeed shows a recent friending of Camilla Parker Bowles with a certain Prince Charles "liking" it.

Ok, aside from how funny the Facebook page is, we find this, um, envisioning a bit odd. Not that anything particularly scandalous is being said about the princess in the within the pieces; they are all rather celebratory of her spirit, grace, and style. But could this type of feature catch on with less reputable publications? Will we be seeing a Photoshopped cover of an aged Brittany Murphy 15 years from now, walking down the sidewalk, latte in hand, chatting with Ashton Kutcher? And what of protecting a celebrity's image after they pass? The Diana cover is obviously flattering, but we can only imagine the ways in which OK! or Us Weekly might take certain liberties.

What do you think: touching or troubling?

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