French Grazia removes one of Fox’s back tattoos in the April cover photo.
By Kara Warner

Left: Megan Fox in Hawaii in 2010. Right: The 2012 cover of <i>Grazia</i>.
Photo: Splash News/Arnoldo Mondadori Editore

When it comes to the world of magazines, it seems as though there is endless ado over the amount of airbrushing that is or is not involved in making models, actresses and other assorted cover subjects appear flawless. The latest alleged victim of seemingly unnecessary Photoshopping is actress Megan Fox.

We know what you’re thinking, what on earth about Fox’s genetically gifted visage needs any assistance from Photoshop? One of her eight tattoos, that’s what. According to Styleite, one of Fox’s back tattoos is a little too much for the cover of French Grazia.

In the photo, Fox is pressed up against a wall and has her head turned toward the camera so we see her face and back. One of her tattoos was left visible: “We will all laugh at the gilded butterflies,” which is a quote from Shakespeare’s “King Lear.” The tattoo that was Photoshopped off Fox’s back is a quote from German philosopher/existentialist Friedrich Nietzsche: “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”

Interestingly enough, the discerning editors at Grazia left the “Transformers” actress’ tattoo visible within the pages of the cover story inside the magazine, but did away with it on the cover. Porquois? Nous ne savons pas! (Why? We don’t know!)

Fox has never been shy about her ink. In fact, she once revealed to MTV News that the tattoo in question was partially inspired by actor Mickey Rourke, with whom she worked on the movie “Passion Play.”

“I actually got a tattoo that is sort of in honor of him,” she told us at the time. “It’s on my ribs. I don’t know if it’s been photographed yet, but it’ll come out eventually, I’m sure. I just love him very much and think he’s very special.”

Was Grazia‘s decision to airbrush Megan Fox’s tattoo justified? Leave your comment below!

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