Vogue loves a good Kate cover. But can Anna Wintour's magazine bag the biggest Kate of all?
The New York Post reports that Wintour and her crew over at American Vogue are in hot pursuit of Kate Middleton, wishing to shoot the royal for a cover.
The "in," writes the Post, might be Mario Testino, who shot Kate and Prince William's official engagement pictures and is a close friend of the couple.
Testino also happens to be a Vogue fave, having shot Kate Moss' wedding for the magazine's September issue.
But despite British weddings with brides named Kate being Testino's specialty, even the famous fashion photog may not be able to snag the royal for Vogue. A source told the Post:
"Every magazine has been trying to get Kate, and many assume it will eventually be Vogue. But even with the Mario Testino relationship, it is not clear when this will happen. The Palace must approve it, and they are very protective of Kate."
So protective, in fact, that they declined the invitation to have the duchess photographed for British Vogue. The pairing would make a lot of sense, given Kate's support for British designers, in particular Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen.
But the palace has reason to keep Kate off of covers. When Kate's smiling wedding face landed on the cover of Grazia right after the royal wedding, the media slammed the magazine for Photoshopping the royal's already-slim waist (Grazia fessed up months later to the digital slimming).
Another unauthorized Kate cover occurred around the would-be 50th birthday of her mother-in-law, Princess Diana. Newsweek Photoshopped a picture of Diana and Kate walking together, surmising what Princess Di would be like in 2011.
So maybe Kate should actually have a say in her next cover appearance... as long as Vogue promises to lay off the Photoshop.
Check out some of Kate's outfit repeats: