• Tue, Jun 28 2011

Newsweek Imagines Princess Diana’s Life, Wrinkles If She Were Alive Today

For the first week of July, Newsweek imagines Diana At 50: she’d know the Middletons! She’d have a Twitter account! She’d still have a “yen for Muslims”! This is… exploitative and tabloid-y of them, right? Anyway, here is a real excerpt from this real cover story:

Diana would have been 50 this month. What would she have been like? Still great-looking: that’s a given. Her mother, Frances Shand Kydd, with her cornflower-blue eyes and striding sexuality, was a handsome woman to the very end. Fashionwise, Diana would have gone the J.Crew and Galliano route à la Michelle Obama, always knowing how to mix the casual with the glam. There is no doubt she would have kept her chin taut with strategic Botox shots and her bare arms buff from the gym. Remarriage? At least two, I suspect, on both sides of the Atlantic. Always so professional herself, she would have soon grown exasperated with Dodi Al-Fayed’s hopeless unreliability. After the breakup I see her moving to her favorite city, New York, spending a few cocooned years safely married to a super-rich hedge-fund guy who could provide her with what she called “all the toys”: the plane, the private island, the security detail. Gliding sleekly into her 40s, her romantic taste would have moved to men of power over boys of play. She’d have tired of the hedge-fund guy and drifted into undercover trysts with someone more exciting—a high-mindedly horny late-night talk-show host, or a globe-trotting French finance wizard destined for the Élysée Palace. I suspect she would have retained a weakness for men in uniform, and a yen for dashing Muslim men.

To go along with their surreal fan fiction, they slapped this together:

So:

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(via Newsweek)

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  • Eileen

    I am conflicted: this is tasteless, unfortunate, and weird. How do I choose?

  • Sara

    I really hope her children don’t have to go through the pain of seeing this. I really wish Newsweek would let her rest in peace.

  • Jinx

    Creepy as fuck. They photoshopped a goddamn IPHONE into her hand? Really, Newsweek??

  • Lisa

    Well, not having that much taste myself, I guess, I enjoyed seeing the pics and reading about this, but… in Newsweek?!

  • Joanna

    Man, their photo aging software totally sucks or that is just one unfortunate looking drag queen they hired to stand in for Diana.