Readers slated the reworking of cover picture, with some tweeting they will never buy another copy of the magazine again and others calling it a “form of bullying”.
Radio personality and model Bonang Matheba came out strongly against the magazine, saying she’ll never model for True Love again.
ganyago herself expressed her disappointment at the amount of retouching, but ultimately stood by her cover.
“Nick Boulton is one of the most amazing photographers in the country. He captured me beautifully, it must be disheartening even for him to have his work continuously retouched to a point of no recognition,” she posted on Instagram.
In response, True Love editor, Dudu Mvimbi Leshabane said: “As a brand that stands for women empowerment, True Love would never intentionally do anything to compromise women and their public profile. We have a responsibility not to tarnish our cover star’s image, to produce authentic content for our readers and to uphold the brand’s integrity.”