Did Reese Witherspoon reveal her mysterious third leg on the Vanity Fair cover?

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We’re still talking about Vanity Fair’s cover for their annual Hollywood Issue. I did not mind the cover, and I liked the vibe of “Oprah’s royal court.” Some of you took issue with the fact that Nicole Kidman seems to be morphing into Naomi Watts on the cover, which is definitely weird. Some people took issue with the idea that Reese Witherspoon appears to be sitting on Oprah’s lap, but if you look closely, you can see that Oprah’s royal throne is just a velvet armchair and Reese is precariously perched on the arm of the chair. She’s probably only upright because Oprah is propping her up.

Of course, there’s always the possibility that Reese is able to half-stand, half-sit in that weird way because she’s secretly had three legs this entire time. Look at the cover again! Do you see it? It’s a weird optical illusion, and it’s not the result of bad Photoshop. It’s the lining of her dress that you’re seeing, which took me a solid five minutes to really figure out. It took other people a lot longer:

Also: this one is a Photoshop Fail – Oprah suddenly has three hands in this other Vanity Fair photo.

It all got pretty crazy and people were trying to figure out just how Reese managed to hide her third leg this whole time. Reese even got into it, tweeting this:

To which Oprah replied with:

Cover and photos courtesy of Vanity Fair.

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40 Responses to “Did Reese Witherspoon reveal her mysterious third leg on the Vanity Fair cover?”

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  1. Mia4s says:

    Hahaha! I’m sorry but that is a terrible cover! How does Vanity Fair do something so cheap looking???

    Don’t even get me started on some of the outfits and placement of the women.

    So cheap looking!! WTF Vanity Fair?

    • Esmom says:

      Hm, I liked it. I think everyone looks amazing. Reese especially. And the color palette and composition are nice. Jmo.

      And lol at the third leg controversy.

      • MostlyMegan says:

        Vanity Fair came out with a statement saying it’s the lining of her dress. Sorry, no. I work with photoshop all day long and that is NOT the lining of her dress, that is her leg. They should have just owned up to the mistake. Annie Lebowitz isn’t a great photographer at all. Oprah’s eyes look closed, everyone else looks like they are trying out for the cover of a romance novel.

      • Carol says:

        I like it too. And it took me forever to find the “3rd” leg. The extra leg just looked like part of the dress to me.

      • Aurelia says:

        Its not the lining, you can actually see knee. Nice try though. And how about all the extra hands in the other shot. Cheap photoshop. Sloppy.

    • Bridget says:

      Not only is it cheap, it’s poorly composed, and totally derivative of a whole bunch of other years they used this exact scheme. They probably dug the same background and seats out of storage.

    • Betsy says:

      The women are at least dressed this time.

  2. Bex says:

    Don’t they check?

    I only wanted to comment to admire how Jessica Chastain is a living Renaissance painting.

    • Midigo says:

      Gorgeous indeed. I bet there are frescoes in her husband’s family Villa with the same stunning colors and gracefulness.

    • Jeezelouisie says:

      Isn’t she? Just stunning :D Major girl crush.

    • lightpurple says:

      Like she popped right out of a Titian.

    • Lela says:

      I’ve met her several times and she is absolutely stunning. But also very very small, like 5’4. Meeting some of the celebrities in person makes you realize just how itsy bitsy they are.

      • Slowsnow says:

        Really?! I imagined her really tall. Naomi Watts I imagine tiny but never Chastain. Oh well. She is stunning. Girl crush here too.

      • Jess says:

        I thought she was tall too, at least 5’9 or so, that’s crazy😂

      • Nikki says:

        Lela, why have you met her several times? Are you in the entertainment industry, or do you live near her? Do tell!! (I add my name to the list of Chastain grl crushes!!)

      • Lela says:

        I tried to comment with a link but I don’t think it is allowed so I’ll repost without it. Google Jessica Chastain and Ocitivia Spencer and you’ll see she’s barely a few inches taller and Octavia is 5’1 in real life. I’m 5’9 and she was below my shoulder.
        I don’t work in the industry but my husband and I know a lot of people so we end up ad events and parties; we see a LOT of good gossip though!

  3. Aerohead21 says:

    Those look like two left feet to me. Look at the pinky toes and the curve of the foot. I don’t see three legs, but I do think there is a photoshop error. Also, I think Nicole is looking more like Naomi in this picture because of the angle of the picture. I am glad she’s lightened up on the plastic surgery though. She’s looking softer.

  4. Incredulous says:

    Donald Trump aspires to that level of competence.

  5. Don't kill me I am French says:

    James Franco was on the cover also but they photoshopped to delete him

  6. Nicole says:

    I like the layout but what a photoshop fail here. Anthird hand and leg?! Cmon

  7. LittlefishMom says:

    Who reviews these covers?! Morons

  8. Slowsnow says:

    Why does Tom Hanks always seem to be on the verge of crying? It’s distracting. But not his fault.

    The photoshop fails though… if I was Leibovitz I’d be pissed at all my assistants.

  9. trollontheloose says:

    they made up for erasing James Franco..

  10. Doodle says:

    I think Reese and Oprah’s banter was cute and a great way to handle things. It’s pretty funny in the grander scheme of things.

    • lucy2 says:

      I do too, I like that they had a sense of humor about it.
      I can’t believe someone would be that incompetent, especially on the cover of VF, but we’re reaching new lows all the time now, aren’t we?

  11. kb says:

    it looks like she’s crossing her legs & the back “leg” is just the back of the dress or the side of the chair peeking out from under her dress. i don’t think it’s a third leg at all.

    the third hand, i have no idea. at first when it wasn’t zoomed in, i thought it was her dress wrinkling & the shadow, but now that i’m on my desktop, it looks like a third hand.

    • eto says:

      the chair is red. and since they fucked up with oprah’s 3 hands, it’s not much of stretch to think they probably did the same with reese. for me, the color matches too perfectly to not be her leg!

  12. Eileen says:

    I don’t get the cover or the article with the individual biographies myself. Who doesn’t know Hanks,Oprah or Deniro? You’d have to be living under a rock!

  13. megs283 says:

    Nicole Watts looks amazing.

  14. Char says:

    It’s clearly a photoshop failure. You can see the lining of her dress by the “3rd” leg & it matches the dress color, not her leg color. If Oprah has 3 hands, obviously Reese can have 3 legs due to photoshop error.

  15. Victoria says:

    I don’t know why I got so tickled by this, but thanks for the laugh!

  16. Other Renee says:

    Even if it is the lining of her dress, no one at VF noticed it’s the exact same color as her legs which makes it look like a third leg? And that third hand is just awful looking. The lesson learned is to remind us that Naomi/Nicole and the rest of these people are photoshopped to within an inch of their lives. That and the fact that Annie Leibovitz can’t be bothered to check her derivative work before it’s published.

    A reader at DM posted this and I thought it was hysterical and worth sharing:

    “I’ve got to give Oprah a hand. I’ve got to give Oprah a hand. I’ve got to give Oprah a hand.”

  17. raincoaster says:

    The photoshop fails on these covers are ridiculous. Does Leibovitz hire her nieces as her retouchers or something?

    Witherspoon’s face is screaming “help me!”

  18. Eve says:

    I LOVE when things like that happen.

    Photoshop fail. And RIGHT on the cover no less.

  19. cd3 says:

    HAHAHAHA Did they do this as an Eff You to Graydon Carter’s last cover?

  20. Cher says:

    VF needs a new theme!

  21. raincoaster says:

    In related news, I’d kill for Chastain’s lipstick, and I’ve got completely different colouring. BUt I’d change the colour of my face to be able to carry that off. I’ll buy the magazine, of course, because I buy all the VFs, but I’ll be casting my beady eyes over the credits for this in particular, to find out what it is. At a glance I’d guess Chanel.