Lucky Apologizes For Overly Airbrushed Britney Spears Cover

There’s airbrushing and then there’s “who the hell is that on the cover of that magazine”? And that’s exactly the line Lucky magazine crossed with its December 2012 cover, featuring X-Factor judge Britney Spears. Readers took to Twitter to complain that the cover image looked unnatural and overly Photoshopped. They accused the mag of putting a wig on Britney, and retouching her face beyond recognition.

“It’s just a big disgrace to a bloody LEGEND! Does she really look like that? No. Flop team needs to never do that again,” tweeted one user. That cover looks horrible. Did @britneyspears even show up for the photoshoot or did you just photoshop her face on a body,” tweeted another.

It’s not unusual for fans to complain that their favorite star doesn’t look like herself in a magazine editorial, but it’s another for a magazine to actually respond — which is exactly what Lucky did.

“Thank you all for sharing your thoughts on our cover! As always, we will share with our team and we’re sorry to have let some of you down,” the magazine tweeted. Who knows if it’ll result in any kind of policy changes at Lucky — or any other mag. But it’s a sure sign that magazines are paying attention to what their readers think.

What’s your take on the Britney Lucky cover? [Huffington Post]