Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s Latest Magazine Shoot Has Been Called Out For Copying. We Can See Why!
The Empire State Building is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the world. A big tourist destination for people visiting the New York City, this building has been featured in many pop culture moments. From romance films marking the location as rendezvous points to famous photographs from the past, most people will know the building when they see it. Which is exactly why netizens were able to call out the similarities between Peacock magazine’s recent cover and another well-known publication.
A monthly editorial put together by the team from designer duo Falguni and Shane Peacock, the magazine has Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as their latest feature star. Propped up a roof ladder, the always gorgeous actress is a vision in a red flared gown and her usual poise.
But the cover aesthetic itself has stirred up chatter of being a little too “inspired” by Kate Winslet’s 2009 Harper’s Bazaar US. Captured by iconic photographer Peter Lindbergh, the shot featured Winslet in a moody setting in front of the Empire State Building.
While shooting atop a ladder isn’t a new concept and no one can really stake a creative claim on it, the images do bear many striking similarities. From the location to the pose, even the steel railings on a roof, we cannot help but muse over the likeness. A sentiment shared by many hawk-eyed fashion enthusiasts, including popular page Diet Sabya. The designer duo, who very recently got into hot water with women for their body-shaming comments, released Aishwarya’s cover saying, “The Peacock Magazine is proud to announce the launch its first-ever print issue of the magazine with the timeless star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who was shot on the streets of the New York City”.
Besides being very similar to the Kate Winslet issue, the theme also has a very “Julia Roberts hanging off a cliff vibe”, which was also by Harper’s for a particular 2018 issue. As mentioned before, it is not a novel concept to prop a subject on a ladder and take a dramatic shot from under, lengthening them and taking their pose to newer heights (excuse the very bad pun). Many photographers use it to add depth to their picture and showcase fabulously long gown trails in the best light. We have had the likes of Sonakshi Sinha (wearing Falguni Shane Peacock) for Hello Magazine November 2018 issue…
…and Priyanka Chopra Jonas for Elle UK’s recent August issue…
But given that The Peacock Magazine is put together completely in-house, shouldn’t that make way for unbridled creativity on their theme and artwork? The “propped atop a ladder” has been done a bit much in recent memory and with Aishwarya’s new feature, we figure this should be the end of it. Maybe prop the ladies up somewhere else instead?